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The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses mourns the passing of our former President of the Society and dear colleague,

Joan Farrell Monagham, MS,RN,APN-C. 

Joan Farrell Monaghan MS, RN, APN-C. Fierce advocate for her patients and their families


Joan Farrell Monaghan, 71, of Morristown, New Jersey died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and was a parishioner of Assumption Church, Morristown, NJ.


Joan was born on April 6, 1948 in Bronx, New York. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Anne (nee Donnely) Farrell.

She received a Bachelor’s’ Degree in nursing from BC and later a Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Rutgers University. She was certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatric mental health also an adult psychiatric mental health nursing as a certified nurse psychotherapist, certified grief counselor, death educator, grief specialist.   READ MORE





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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  FTCComplaintAssistant.gov.  You may also report the call to the Division at AskConsumerAffairs@lps.state.nj.us.    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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