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Shindul-Rothschild chosen for workgroup on emergency room safety

Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild has been appointed to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) workgroup on best practices in the emergency room for psychiatric patients.

Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild has been appointed to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) workgroup on best practices in the emergency room for psychiatric patients. The workgroup is part of the Institute for Safe Environments (ISE), a new APNA institute that will develop strategies for improved client, family, and practitioner safety.

The APNA Board established the ISE to provide an enduring and integrated structure designed to address issues impacting the safety of patients as well as service providers. The institute will develop and disseminate white papers to bring greater clarity to areas of operational confusion, provide guidance for addressing challenges associated with special settings or populations, as well as share and promote best practices.

APNA institutes provide direct input to the APNA board of directors on an assigned psychiatric-mental health nursing issue that spans virtually all aspects of the profession. An institute is similar to a task force in that it utilizes membership expertise in the development of programs and services, but generally takes several years to complete its mission rather than only one.

Shindul-Rothschild teaches psychiatric mental health nursing to undergraduates and graduate students at the Connell School. A certified psychiatric nurse clinical specialist who has practiced in a variety of mental health care settings, her research and writings have focused on the relationships between health care financing, nurses' working conditions, and eating disorders.