The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses

Fall 2020 Virtual Conference

fostering excellence in professional practice

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11/14/2020 10:00 AM • Zoom

In Memoriam

Saundra Austin Benn, MSN, APN

Our long time member, valued contributor and former Board Member,, Saundra Austin Benn, died suddenly on Saturday Oct 10, 2020 from a non-COVID related medical condition.

Recognized for her outstanding professional career accomplishments, Saundra made an extraordinary impact on our profession and the community. She has been acknowledged for her efforts to advance wellness, promote health care initiatives, and for exhibiting leadership and support of the nursing profession. 

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Telehealth Update

Managing Mental Health During COVID19


Feeling under pressure is a likely experience for you and many of your colleagues. It is quite normal to be feeling this way in the current  situation. Stress and the feelings associated with it are by no means a reflection that you cannot do your job or that you are weak. Managing your mental health and psychosocial well-being during this time is as important as managing your physical health. 

Click HERE to learn more about coping during the pandemic

Webinar Series For Nurses

to Address Trauma  Related to COVID19

Healing Ourselves While Healing Others

Donna Gaffney, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Coordinator

A Guided Webinar Series of Tools and Resources for Support, Safety and Sanctuary 

  • 8 Free Webinars are available to current students, alumni, faculty and the nursing community. 
  • Sessions are recorded and posted for viewing.






It  is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the time of COVID19. It has been months since we first started Social Distancing and it is beginning to get to people emotionally. Emotions such as anger, boredom, irritability, grumpiness, disappointment, weepiness and even fear are common emotions during times of stress. Very often we don’t know what we are feeling, just that we are out of sorts and we can get caught up in the feeling or try to shut it down. Feelings are a part of being a human being. We all have them. Acting out or pushing away these emotions usually creates tension within ourselves and then we frequently blame others, yell, get depressed, feel anxious or may be even suicidal. These times have brought up the awareness that we don’t have control.

Click HERE to learn more about how to help yourself and your family to cope in these stressful times.

Veterans Suicide Awareness During 

Mental Health Awareness Month

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is working to raise awareness of 
the risks to and help for our Veterans during this stressful time. 

"The psychological and economic consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be devastating for many, further exacerbating risk factors for mental health related morbidity and mortality for our veteran community," said Doherty (R-23). 

"This unprecedented crisis is a stressor for vulnerable veterans with mental health issues. COVID has the potential to worsen their overall health and put them at higher risk for suicide and other adverse outcomes, as well as for veterans who have no previous history of mental illness. Tragically, women veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide than civilian women.     

"If you are a veteran experiencing emotional distress, please call the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and press 1," added Doherty. "If you are the family member or friend of a veteran, reach out to them during this time of social distancing. We can help heighten awareness and prevent the unthinkable for our veterans and their families."

New Jersey Needs Nurses!

COVID 19 Urgent Call For APNs!  

The Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli, MA, BSN, RN has reached out to NJSNA. The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH)  is looking for nurses who are able to assist the NJDOH with the COVID-19 Pandemic. We currently have very little information on exactly what will be needed. Opportunities may be volunteer or paid.  

If you are able to assist in any way, please sign up at HERE

Pease periodically check the New Jersey Board of Nursing Website for Nursing Alerts.HERE

New Jersey COVID19 Crisis

Governor's Executive Orders Regarding APNs

Joanne Leone, Executive Director of the NJBOB has released this statement in clarification of the terms of Governor Murphy's latest Executive Order.

Pursuant to EO 112, Governor Murphy has authorized the Division of Consumer Affairs  to suspend and waive statutory provisions that limit the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses. For the duration of the State of Emergency or Public Health Emergency, advanced practice nurses, acting within the scope of their education, training, experience, and competence, are not required to:

  1. enter into a joint protocol with a collaborating physician; 
  2. include the name, address, and telephone number of a collaborating physician on prescriptions or orders; 
  3. review patient charts and records with a collaborating physician; and 
  4. obtain written approval from a collaborating physician in order to dispense narcotic drugs for maintenance treatment or detoxification treatment or to determine the medical necessity for services for treatment of substance abuse disorder.

License Renewals


Please be advised that the expiration date for the 2020 nurse license renewal has been extended to 6/30/2020.  

Late fees will be collected starting on 7/1/2020.

 Mandatory BON CE End of Life requirement

can be met online

End Of Life Care


The Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) is warning all licensed professionals about individuals impersonating New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigators, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, DEA investigators, New Jersey Drug Control Unit investigators, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigators, and other law enforcement personnel, as part of an extortion scheme.

The impersonators are contacting licensees by telephone, stating that they are the subject of an  investigation.  The callers are demanding money to clear up the matter, or threatening to revoke the individual’s license.   Please be advised that the Division of Consumer Affairs will not contact licensees by telephone to discuss investigations or demand money.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be any of the abovementioned individuals seeking money, should refuse the demand.  We encourage you to report the call to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at  You may also report the call to the Division at    READ MORE

Nurse Practitioners & PAs Prescribing Buprenorphine

Section 303 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016, made several changes to the law regarding office-based opioid addiction treatment with buprenorphine. CARA expands prescribing privileges to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) for five years (until October 1, 2021). NPs and PAs must complete 24 hours of training to be eligible for a waiver to prescribe and must be supervised by or work in collaboration with a qualifying physician if required by state law. The HHS Secretary has 18 months to issue updated regulations governing office-based opioid addiction treatment to include NPs and PAs.ASAM's complete summary of CARA is available here.

Opioid Abuse Prevention

New Jersey is confronting a staggering public health crisis brought about by prescription opioid abuse. On February 15, 2017, P.L. 2017, c. 28, was signed into law, imposing certain restrictions on how opioids and other Schedule II controlled dangerous substances may be prescribed. In response to the new law, the Attorney General and New Jersey's prescribing boards adopted new rules designed to reduce the risk of addiction and the accumulation of opioids in the household medicine cabinets across the State, which are very often diverted for illegal use. Information about those rules, as well as guidance for prescribers and patients on safer pain medication prescribing practices is available here. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: For Advance Practice Nurses Licensed by the Board of Nursing. State law makes it unlawful for a prescriber to issue an initial prescription for acute pain for more than a five-day supply. In addition, the dosage authorized by initial prescriptions for acute pain is to be limited to the lowest effective dose of an immediate–release opioid drug. To better understand how to comply with this limitation and other rule changes, the Board offers the following guidance.

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The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses

Founded in 1972, SPAPN was the first professional nursing body in the country to certify clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric nursing. Today, the Society includes all psychiatric advanced practice nurses, both psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in advanced practice nursing. The Society continues to advocate and lobby for psychiatric advanced practice nurses in practicing to the fullest scope of their training and education, upholding the standards of excellence for psychiatric mental-health nursing and to promote the delivery of high quality professional care to clients, their families and the community.

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