Membership in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Did you know that APNA is the largest psychiatric-mental health nursing membership organization, with more than 40 chapters nationally and internationally? APNA represents more than 10,000 psychiatric-mental health nurses at all levels of education and who work in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, research, education, administration, clinical, private practice, military, and forensic. APNA also has membership for full-time students and retired registered nurses. APNA is an independent organization. Membership in APNA is not the same as membership in the American Nurses Association (ANA).


The most important benefit of membership in an association is the ability to participate in your profession’s development. APNA provides a forum for the exchange of information among psychiatric mental health nursing colleagues, whose expertise covers all facets of the profession. Membership leads to a personal enrichment that ultimately provides a benefit to patients with mental illness or substance use disorders. Learn More
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"The community and support offered to me straight out of school has been a great "security blanket" as a new PMHNP. I know there are nurses with a deep knowledge base in a wide variety of employment settings willing to answer my questions." "I really value my membership in APNA. It is the only organization that really 'gets' what I do. (I am an APN psychotherapist and also teach mental health nursing.)" "We are passionate about our role as psychiatric nurses, and advocating for the patient will be our greatest accomplishment. Often they have no voice...we are their voice."
"How deeply I value and appreciate this fine organization! It is the best professional organization I have enjoyed in over 30 years as a nurse. Thank you!" "I think we just get better each day, each year and the sky's the limit. Keep up the great work - leading us into a very bright future - making a difference every day in the lives of psychiatric nurses and those for whom they care." "I very much value Member Bridge. It has been a great resource for asking questions & seeing responses from others. It has been helpful in my past & current practice roles."
"I am new to this area and I am impressed with the resources, information, and help that this organization provides. Keep up the good work." "I am proud to have been offered a job in psychiatric nursing and I knew after my psychiatric nursing clinical that this was what I wanted to do. I commend APNA for its advancement of psychiatric nursing practice and for raising awareness of the significance of psychiatric nursing." "I love what I get from APNA, the website, the collaboration, the updated information. Just know that I'm thrilled to be a member and I look forward to the day I can be more involved!"

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.