Colorado Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Colorado Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (CAPPN), formerly known as CSCSPN, was formed in 1978 to advance the practice and recognition of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and to further the provision of quality behavioral health services in Colorado. Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) make a unique contribution to behavioral healthcare in Colorado and function in a variety of roles and settings as psychotherapists/psychoanalysts, prescribers, consultants, educators, advocates, researchers, academicians, and administrators. We demonstrate advanced knowledge and refined expertise in applying this knowledge in psychiatric mental health nursing practice.

We work within the public and private sectors and with elected officials to expand behavioral health programs, promote inclusive behavioral health services and improve access to behavioral health care for underserved areas and populations. 

As members of CAPPN, we advocate for and provide high quality, comprehensive, compassionate, accessible and cost-effective behavioral health care throughout Colorado. 

VALUES 

Members of CAPPN are committed to and support:

  • The public’s right to psychiatric services that include prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation toward the goal of optimal behavioral health
  • The public’s right to behavioral health services that promote equity, human dignity, autonomy and worth
  • Education of and mentoring of colleagues and students
  • Interdisciplinary collaborative practice

Revised August 2021

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To become a member of SIG 31, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Licensure as an RN
  • Current membership to ANA/CNA
  • Certification or eligibility for certification by the ANCC as a
    • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist or NP, OR
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist or NP, OR
    • Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, OR
    • Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Membership term is July 1 to June 30 - Dues are free until July 1 2022. 

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Who We Are

  • We are a society of advanced practice psychiatric nurses that includes Clinical Nurse Specialists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
  • All of our members hold Masters or Doctoral Degrees in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Many of us have earned additional certification in related fields.
  • We provide high quality, comprehensive, compassionate, accessible and cost-effective mental halth care throughout Colorado.
  • We work with federal, state and local governments to expand mental halth programs, provide better mental health services and improve access to mental health care for under-served areas and populations.

What We Do

  • Assess, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders
  • Provide psychotherapy and counseling
  • Prescribe and manage psychiatric medications
  • Educate mental health consumers, students and other professionals
  • Consult with a wide range of organizations
  • Develop, implement and evaluate mental health programs
  • Design and conduct research in mental health nursing
  • Hold leadership positions in mental health organizations
  • Develop public policy
  • Guide nursing policy and practice
  • Educate community leaders and legislators about presssing mental health issues and problems.

What We Help With

  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Family problems: relationships, marriage, parenting
  • Work and school problems
  • Suicidal and homicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • Human sexuality: gay, lesbian and transgender issues
  • PTSD and related problems
  • Geriatric problems including dementia and psychosis
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Living with physical illness
  • Grief counseling
  • End-of-life issues
  • Organizational development and communication

Where to Find Us

  • Outpatient clinics in hospitals and communities across Colorado
  • Private practice offices
  • Emergency rooms and hospital units
  • Hospice, nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Substance abuse and day treatment programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Schools and college campuses
  • Military bases and combat areas
  • Organizations and businesses
  • Regulatory agencies