25 Amazing Web Resources for Psychiatric Nurses

In your climb up the nursing career ladder, you might consider learning about helping those who suffer from mental and emotional disorders. This can be a very challenging career, and these nurses generally require more training and education on how to handle stressful situations, challenging patients, and administering medication to these patients. This list of 25 amazing web resources for psychiatric nurses is just a handful of reputable tools available to individuals in this career field. They are great resources to learn and research information from various, reputable organizations and professionals.


Substance Abuse

  1. American Nurses Credentialing Center: ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA).
  2. Amerian Psychiatric Nurses Association: Psychiatric-mental health nurses view APNA as a resource for networking, education, and dissemination of research. The APNA network consists of 40 state or local chapters that provide education to practicing PMH nurses in their local region.
  3. International Nurses Society on Addictions: IntNSA is a professional specialty organization founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.
  4. International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: ISPN works to unite and strengthen the presence and the voice of specialty psychiatric-mental health nursing while influencing health care policy to promote equitable, evidence-based and effective treatment and care for individuals, families and communities.

Help for Children

  1. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: AACAP is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.
  2. CDC Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Centers for Disease Control offers education and training about ADHD for health care providers.
  3. Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation improves the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions. CABF offers cutting-edge scientific resources and support groups to help parents and caretakers.
  4. ChildStats: This Web site offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health.
  5. RTI and LD Identification: Join Dawn Miller and Erin Lolich as they answer your questions about the use of RTI for identifying specific learning disabilities.


Help for the Elderly

  1. Administration on Aging: The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center: The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to “compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease” for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public.
  3. American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: AAGP is developing numerous programs on depression, dementia, and psychosis. These programs not only provide networking opportunities with your colleagues in psychiatry and access to leaders in psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and psychopharmacology.
  4. Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative: GPNC is designed to help improve the education of nurses for the care of elders suffering depression, dementia and other mental health disorders.
  5. National Institute on Aging: In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.

Substance Abuse Issues

  1. Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates [PDF]: The Parity Implementation Coalition developed this toolkit to help you to understand the law, to file complaints and to appeal denied claims. The information included in this toolkit is meant to be helpful, but should not substitute for legal counsel.
  2. RxEvent: RxEvent is a collaboration of medical professional insurance carriers and adverse event reporting and government experts to improve adverse drug event reporting, for both the sender and the recipients, and thereby help improve patient safety and medication efficacy.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. To accomplish its work SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula, and block grant programs and data collection activities.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  1. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: CSTS is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded academic-based organizations dedicated to advancing trauma-informed knowledge. The Center’s work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and human-made disasters, and public health threats.
  2. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: ISTSS is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.
  3. Effects of War

  4. National Center for PTSD: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information for providers and researchers that can help with assessment and treatment. These materials are based on the latest research, much of which is conducted by National Center staff.

Other Resources

  1. Anxiety Disorders Association of America: ADAA is the leader in advocacy, education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders.
  2. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: ABCT is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition.
  3. Defense Centers of Excellence: DCoE assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health (PH) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation’s military communities, warriors and families. While the focus is on the military, this site contains numerous helpful resources on the topic of PH and TBI.
  4. NIMH Statistics: Find mental health research information from across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal departments on this page provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.
  5. Suicide Prevention Resource Center: SPRC provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention [PDF].