A member at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description



Present Position
Clinical Director, Ke`ena Mauliola Nele Paia (Office of Well-Being Without Walls), Private Practice; Sub-contractor with CareHawaii (Community Based Case Mgmt Company); Co-Medical Director, Freedom Recovery Services, Inc. (Pro Bono); Volunteer Hawaii State Center For Nursing APRN Policy Committee; Volunteer Legislative Committee Chair and Board Member at Large, Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses.


1994 MSN (CNS) Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
1995 Post-Masters Certificate Adult PMH Nurse Practitioner, California State University Long Beach, CA
1975 BS Special Studies in Psychology, St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY
1972 AAS Nursing, El Centro College, Dallas, TX

APNA Contributions
Current APNA Board Member-at-Large; APNA Representative to the ANCC-APNA Logical Job Analysis (2003); Media Relations Committee (2001-05); Zeneca Best Practices Committee (1998); APNA Hawaii Chapter Co-founder (1996), President, Board Member-at-Large

Other Experience
Hawaii Nurses Assn (1994-2007): ANA House of Delegates; Advance Practice Council Chair; Congress on Nursing Practice; Honolulu District President and HNA Board Member.  Active Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP induction 2011) and Hawaii State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence (2005), Health Policy Fellow (2007, 2009).  Founding President Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses (2007); Hawaii Board of Nursing Advance Practice Advisory Committee.  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Leadership Award (2004 & 2008) and Kupono Award (2010); Dual Chapters Delta Mu and Gamma Psi Chapter-at-Large, Virginia Henderson Scholarship Award;  National Student Nurses Assn. (1972) El Centro College Chapter, President, Texas Student Nurses Association House of Delegates Resolutions Committee Chair and National Delegate.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I bring an extensive leadership background in nursing to the Board.  I am very grateful that you have placed your faith in me as a current Board Member and humbly request your support for a final term.  I have developed a broader, deeper understanding of the structure and functions of APNA  I have been an advocate for diversity in our membership and in our leadership, as well as for APNA having a place at the major policy and nursing development tables and will continue to do so.  I believe it is important for APNA to have global recognition as THE premier psychiatric nursing organization, and feel it is important to expand our international membership and collegial relationships with psychiatric nursing organizations around the globe.  As a clinician, I bring a clinical practice perspective to the Board.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  By keeping in mind the Bylaws of the Association, I will endeavor to make appropriate, legally viable decisions that are equitable for all of our members.  I am a team player while maintaining the ability to express my individual perspective that stimulates discussion and a progressive movement to the Board’s decisions.  I am dedicated to growth and the expansion of consciousness to benefit the members of APNA.  I will endeavor to practice due diligence in all Board matters in the interest of the protection of the Association.


Leslie G. Oleck, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT

Present Position
Psychiatric CNS, Indiana University Health Physicians Behavioral Care | Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University School of Nursing | Preceptor, University of Indianapolis School of Nursing Graduate Department | Private Practice of Psychotherapy and Consultation | Finishing Post-Master’s PMHNP at IU 2014.


MSN, Indiana University, 1979
BSN, Indiana University, 1977
Diploma, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, 1973

APNA Contributions
2004 APNA National Conference Committee Chair.  Co-Chair of the Advanced Practice RN Council from 2009 through 2012, APRN Steering Committee since 2008; remain on Advisory Panel. Lead author for APRN Council “State of the States: 2010” in JAPNA. Served as Indiana-APNA President in 2002/3, contributing to that board in varying capacities since 1997. Participated on the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Committee from 2009-2013; remain on Advisory Panel.  APNA BOD Member-at-Large 2012-2014, serving as Chapter Liaison.

Other Experience
Over 35 years I have worked in acute patient care settings, psychiatric consultant/liaison, prescriber and therapist in a large university hospital system, taught graduate and undergraduate students as FT faculty as well as clinical preceptor.  In my private practice I have worked with organizations, individuals, families and groups. I serve on boards of community organizations, which have offered me the opportunity to be an ambassador for our profession. I remain active in my APNA Chapter and IN State Nurses Association, advocating for PMH nurses and our patients. I was a Sigma Theta Tau Board Leadership Scholar mentored by the APNA Board 2009-2011.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I believe that psychiatric nurses need to have a voice at many tables.   I have used my energies over the past 2 years as BOD Member-at-Large to help APNA ensure that this is occurring at local, state and national policy levels.  Psychiatric nurses have always been an innovative community; daily posts in Member Bridge continue to reflect the ‘pulse’ of our profession. I will help APNA continue to be the thought leader and voice for psychiatric nurses. Considering the multi-faceted changes in health care, we must use our creativity in research, education, and patient care. I will serve members by continuing to help APNA empower psychiatric nurses in all settings and in evolving models of care, thus better advocating for consumers.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  My experience in nursing practice, education, consultation and research enables me to communicate well with members and colleagues in all nursing settings.  I will help APNA and its members remain the united voice of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, using our skills with not only identified psychiatric/mental health patients but integrating our care with all patients.  This is a time of major change in health care in the United States, offering new opportunities and challenges for PMH Nurses. If elected, I will work to keep our organization for psychiatric nursing at the forefront of healthcare delivery and research through advocacy and education of consumers, health care providers, and other stakeholders.


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