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Todd K. Karakashian PMHNP

I am a recent graduate of OHSU's PMHNP program and am interested in the position of Secretary of the Oregon chapter of APNA. I'm a PMHNP at Multnomah County Detention Center (the main jail in downtown Portland) where I provide care for inmates with diverse mental illnesses and a range of acuity levels. Prior to working as an NP, I worked as an RN at Central City Concern's Hooper Detox Center, providing nursing care to people detoxifying from alcohol, opiates and other drugs. Professionally, I'm committed to being part of the community mental health care system in the Portland region and to being an advocate for nurses and their clients in context of our health care and political environment. Some past activism has included working for sIngle payer health care reform as part of the Nurses for Single Payer group in Portland and while a student at OHSU. As Secretary, along with carrying out the regular duties of the role, I would like to contribute to further strengthening and developing our state APNA chapter. I'd like to see the chapter be a significant resource that Oregon psychiatric nurses can rely on in support in their careers as well as a group that nurses find worthwhile and enjoyable to participate in.

 

Jennifer R. Stevens BSN, RN

My name is Jennifer Stevens. I have been a registered nurse for 9 years. I spent the first three years of my nursing career in rural hospitals working in medical/surgical and pediatrics. I began working in juvenile corrections in 2006 and spent three years working with co-eds adolescents in forensics. The last four years of my career have been as a nurse manager in a state male maximum security prison. Correctional nursing is laden with psychiatric nursing, as close to 80% of our population has a substance abuse diagnosis and close to 40% of the population has a axis I or II diagnosis. I am also a third year Doctorate of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner student. The DNP/FNP focuses on social and health policy, leadership, and health system change, as well as the practical skills of diagnosis and treatment as a family nurse practitioner. I have a passion for community health, health promotion and disease prevention, and integrative medicine.