Description of Program
Janssen has been sponsoring this program since 1999. The target audience for this program is 30 nursing students who are interested in pursuing additional education in psychiatric mental health nursing (15 undergraduate and 15 graduate students). The program will allow 30 nursing students the opportunity to participate in the educational conference, Psychiatric Nursing: Quality and Safety through Connection, Engagement and Partnership. The APNA 25th Annual Conference will provide students the opportunity to meet with national leaders and experts in the field of psychiatric mental health care; and it will increase their knowledge of research, practice, policy and education in psychiatric mental health nursing.
Providing this opportunity for students allows the organization to promote psychiatric nursing and to increase the number of nurses who choose psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing as their specialty practice. The purpose of this program is to promote psychiatric mental health nursing which will improve mental health care for underserved individuals, families, groups and communities and to shape health policy for the delivery of better mental health services.
Graduate and undergraduate students will benefit from exposure to national leaders in mental health care and from information on psychopharmacology, evidence-based nursing practice, and new treatment options. Positive educational experiences, as well as leadership and mentoring opportunities provided to nursing students will not only increase the number of nurses entering the specialty, but also promote excellence in the delivery of psychiatric mental health nursing services to the community.
Evaluation/Success Of The Program
During the first four years of the program, 50% of the students chose PMH nursing as a specialty. The past six years has shown a dramatic increase in the number of applicants and in students choosing PMH nursing as a specialty and 90% of those receiving the scholarship, stay in psych-mental health.
Evaluations submitted by 2010 Scholars provide evidence that the APNA Student Scholarship program supports new nurses in making a decision to choose psychiatric mental health nursing as a profession. Evaluations also support that the APNA Student Scholarship experience provides hope and encouragement to nurses in mental health care.
Previous Student Scholars have become chapter presidents, psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and nationally recognized speakers in PMH nursing. In addition, the Janssen Student Scholar program has also led to the formation of two new APNA chapters. Janssen Scholars from 2003 and 2007 have been instrumental in establishing charters for South Dakota and New York.
Several students have also gone on to graduate school to continue their studies in psychiatric nursing in order to better serve the mental health community. APNA recognizes APNA Scholars as future leaders in psychiatric nursing and has continued to invest in resources to encourage student participation and growth in their professional organization and in psychiatric mental health nursing. In 2008, APNA established a faculty mentor who communicates with scholarship recipients prior to the conference and works with scholars and APNA staff to establish mentor relationships during and after the conference.
APNA is dedicated to improving mental health care. In order to accomplish this it is essential to recruit, retain and mentor mental health nurses. The APNA Student Scholarship program has proven to be successful in attracting student nurses to consider the specialty of psychiatric nursing and APNA has been successful at engaging those nurses at the Annual Conference, expanding their vision and mentoring them into a meaningful career in psychiatric mental health.
|2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholars|
Becky Austin-Morris, ARNP-BC, CDDN
Sandra Brooks, ARNP
Linda Cabage , RN, BSN, MS
Brenda Kucirka, PhD(c), RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Tammi Plantan, RN
Amanda Schuh (Krohn)
Debbie Stevens, NP
Christine Williamitis, MSN, FNP, ACNP, ARNP
|CONSUMER ADVISORY PANEL|
|Chair: Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN|
The Consumer Advisory Panel has had 6 conference calls over the past year. Work of the Panel has entailed advising the APNA board on matters related to the Recovery to Practice Grant. Currently, 4 of the CAP members are on the RtoP Steering Committee. Members have been invited to participate in the 25th annual conference in Anaheim. In the next six months the CAP will advise the Board regarding content in the RtoP Training Outline and Modules. One of the members will be part of the RtoP Field Testing Training Team. The major challenge is finding a time when the majority of members can meet via conference call.
Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN
Moe Armstrong, MBA, MA
Mary E Jensen, MA, RN, CRSS
J. Rock Johnson, JD