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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network Creates First System APN Council

02/04/2016

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network is pleased to announce the creation of a Psychiatric Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Council. The APN Council will serve as a forum for Barnabas Health psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners to unify their voices regarding issues and concerns pertinent to clinical specialists and nurse practitioners in psychiatric mental health nursing.

The new council, the first of its kind at Barnabas Health, is being chaired by Mary Jane Maser, Ph.D., APN, clinical director of the Stepping Stones Intensive Outpatient Program at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Maser will oversee bi-monthly meetings of 15 council members, who practice at various sites in the Network, including Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Clara Maass Medical Center.

“We are so pleased to bring a council like this to Barnabas Health,” said Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC, president and chief executive officer of the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our staff to come together with other professionals to discuss matters that directly correlate with their positions.”

The APN Council’s mission is to give psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners an environment to collaborate and discuss issues directly related to research, administration, clinical practice and education in Advanced Practice Nursing. Council members will support the mission and concentrate efforts to advocate for the mentally ill in any setting, while meeting the acuity of the patient with expert care.

During meetings, council members will review contemporary issues in the standards and scope of the practice that are currently in the state legislature, as well as focus on ways to enhance the work that is being done regarding key concerns faced by APNs who are directly involved with patient care. The council will also develop recommendations to help further the advancement of nurse practitioners in the clinical setting.

About Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows the provision of truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks. For more information on programs and services or to make a referral, call the 24/7 Access Center at 800-300-0628.

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