This position is responsible for assisting the president and overseeing other duties as assigned by the president or the board. In the absence of the president, the president-elect performs the duties of the president, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the president. The president-elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as president. Full Description
The Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1968 BS in Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University ; 1970 MA in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, New York University; 1988 PhD in Nursing, University of Rochester; 1998 Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Nursing, The University of Pennsylvania
- Member, 2002 APNA-ISPN Unification Task Force
- Chair, Research Council 2004-2007
- Co-Chair, Research Council 2007-present
- Chair, 2005 JAPNA Editor Search Committee
- Member, 2015 JAPNA Editor Search Committee
- JAPNA Editorial Board 2006-present
- APNA Representative to NIMH & NINR Roundtables; National Academy of Medicine Psychosocial Interventions Task Force Report
- Co-Chair, American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Psychiatric Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing
- ANA Task Force on Psychopharmacology Practice
- NIH Scientific Review Panels
- Eastern Nursing Research Society, Executive Board; Chair, Cultural Diversity Special Interest Group
- Agency for Health Care Policy Consultant on Social Support and Depression
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am an experienced leader who believes that there are no limits to the collective ingenuity, creativity and strength of PMH nurses. In 1990, I stopped saying “schizophrenic,” “borderline,” and “alcoholic,” replacing these deeply engrained terms with “people with a diagnosis of..” and “people managing the symptoms of…” Though I still struggle, I keep trying to use language that says, “nurses put people at the center of the healthcare equation.” I believe that every psychiatric-mental health nurse looks past the mental illness or addiction, finds the person, and partners with them to find optimal health and quality of life. Currently, we have exciting opportunities to stop merely improving care and, instead, start forging a new standard of EXQUISITE care and quality of life for people with mental illness and substance abuse diagnoses: the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers cover mental health and substance abuse treatment as fully as physical illnesses and reimburse for preventative intervention; insurers are asking for evidence of psychosocial intervention effectiveness; and PMH nurses are needed to integrate behavioral health into primary healthcare. I bring energy, leadership experience, belief in the strength of diversity and an inclusive leadership style to key decisions. These qualities are needed to fully engage APNA members and to collectively use the powerful educational and scientific resources of APNA to insure that people are truly at the center of these sweeping healthcare changes.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I have listened deeply to APNA members and cherished their contributions as they provided care in many different settings, generated knowledge, tested practice innovations and educated the next generation of PMH nurses. Our diverse and representative practice community gives APNA the power to promote PMH nursing values and practice standards in mental health and addiction care. If elected, I will champion new practice-relevant educational and scientific resources, networking and mentoring infrastructures, and nurturing communities that serve the unique and emerging needs of all APNA members. I will promote new ways to engage APNA members in developing to their fullest professional potential and work tirelessly with APNA members to assure that individuals, families and communities benefit from the current changes in healthcare.
Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, 1917 Clinic (serving people who are HIV+), Birmingham, AL
PhD (Nursing), University of Pittsburgh, 1998;
MS (Psychiatric Nursing), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1981;
BSN Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 1978.
- APNA member since 1998.
- APNA Board Member-at-Large, 2007-2011.
- Presenter APNA conference 1999-2006, 2008-09, and 2014-16.
- American Psychiatric Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, 2014-2016.
- Chair, Annual Conference Scholarly Review Committee, 2003.
- Panel Chair of APNA Preconference on Web-based Psychiatric Nursing Education, 2004.
- Chair, Education Council, 2006.
- Member, Poster Awards Committee, 2003.
- Member, Awards & Recognition Committee, 2003.
In addition to working in community mental health in San Francisco and Seattle, I have been an educator for the past 18 years. I am proud to have played a role in the education of approximately 250 PMHNPs and hundreds of undergraduate students. Additionally, my experience leading the establishment of the first Veterans Administration Nursing Academy Partnership for Graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing has been invaluable in understanding the synergy between education and clinical practice. Our partnership has taught me the importance of population health (in this case, Veterans) and how an interprofessional team can work to prevent psychiatric readmissions and support Veterans in living with dignity in their communities.
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I find great meaning in working with people who live with mental illness. Practicing for the last nine years as a PMHNP in a primary care clinic for people with HIV has truly helped me to understand the phrase, “There is no health without mental health.” By integrating mental health care into primary care, treatment costs for physical illnesses are being reduced and our patients with serious mental illness are receiving better access to primary care. Treatment works, if you can access it. I will work interprofessionally at the local, state, and national levels to advocate for all Americans because access to health care is a civil right.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Scientific and educational innovations for mental health care include a greater focus on early intervention, use of technology, and a focus on recovery for all people with mental illness. Recovery goes beyond psychiatric symptom remission; rather, recovery means living a self-directed life and includes concepts of health, home, purpose, and community. As always, nursing leadership will be required to improve processes and implement the recovery model. APNA’s purpose of providing leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nursing and improve mental health care is in keeping with my leadership style which includes principles of authentic leadership (self-awareness, purpose and optimism). Every person deserves the right to live in the community, with a sense of purpose and direction, having hope for the future. APNA is truly a leadership academy, building leaders who are helping others to achieve this aim.