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I am honored to be nominated for the position of president-elect of APNA. I have served in the role of secretary over the past year and APNA has become the source of my most meaningful professional relationships. I am passionate about PMH nursing and the exciting changes taking place in our field. I have recently taken a position as a PMHNP with the Center for Telehealth at UMMC. I am amazed on a daily basis at the advancements being made in psychiatric nursing. The possibilities are endless, psychiatric nursing is evolving, and times are changing things for the better. Team ownership and involvement in the change process are key aspects of successfully moving an organization forward. I would appreciate the chance to work alongside each of you and lead APNA forward as your president-elect. Thank you for your consideration.
I got my start in psychiatric nursing at Mississippi State Hospital at Oak Circle Center. It was a challenge at first being a parent and working with children (that were the age of my oldest child) with psychiatric/behavior issues. That challenge turned into a LOVE. I spent almost a year with the children at MSH - Oak Circle Center before I transferred out to another state facility. This time, I stepped away from psychiatric nursing and just wasn't as happy. After about a year away from psychiatric nursing, I returned, but this time I went into an adult acute psychiatric setting. My love for children still was there, so I work PRN with children/adolescents with psychiatric/behavior issues. I worked full-time on the adult acute psychiatric unit until I was recently promoted to Intake & Referral Coordinator for Behavioral Health Services, January 3, 2016. I am qualified to lead because I have a passion for mental illness awareness and as the president of this chapter, I would be able to help get the awareness of mental illness/mental health out.