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President's Message: Growing, Leading, Changing

Member Profile: Honoring the CPI Program Committee Chairs

Member News: Celebrating the Achievements of our Members

Continuing Education: Free CE for Mental Health Month

CPI Conference: Just a Few Days Left to Save

Elections: Vote Today!

Strategic Planning: APNA's New Strategic Plan

Resource Center: New Resources from HRSA

New Members: 490 new members since March!


President's Message
Our community of psychiatric-mental health nurses continues to grow! This month we hit an exciting milestone: over 8,000 PMH nurses have lent their voices and support to our association! Wow! It’s thrilling that so many of us in PMH nursing are connected through APNA...and how many of us continue to be a part of this association of professionals - we have a member retention rate of over 85%!  More important than these numbers, though, is how busy and engaged we all are within our organization. (Cont'd)


Member Profiles
Ten years ago, APNA hosted the inaugural Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, a conference designed for psychiatric-mental health nurses by psychiatric-mental health nurses. In honor of CPI's 10th anniversary, we are recognizing those PMH nurses who have served as CPI Program Committee Chairs and therefore played integral roles in shaping and ensuring the success of this conference. Each past Committee Chair, who will be awarded with an APNA Recognition of Service Certificate at this year's Institute, took a moment to share a bit about working on the conference and seeing it evolve over the years. (Cont'd)


Member News: Celebrating the Achievements of our Members
Kathleen McCoy will be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June and five members will be inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing. Nursing Professor John Lowe has received two prestigious awards: University Researcher of the Year by Florida Atlantic University and South Florida Region Nurse of the Year by the Florida Nurses Association. Laurie Barkin's book has been named 2011 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing and given a 2012 Nautilus Award. More Info


Continuing Education: Happy Mental Health Month!

We’re celebrating Mental Health Month with a free podcast on incorporating mindfulness and reflection into nursing practice. With the opportunity to earn up to .5 contact hours, Mindfulness and Reflection: A Resource for PMH Practice is free for APNA members for the entire month of May - you only have a few days left to take advantage of this free CE! More Info


CPI: Just a few days left to save $50!
The CPI Early Bird registration rate of $395 for APNA members will expire on June 1st! Attendees will earn up to 23.25 contact hours (refers to ANCC Category 1 continuing education contact hours in pharmacology) during the four day conference, June 14 - 17 in Reston, Virginia. Register Now!


Elections
As an APNA member, this is your opportunity to exercise the privilege and responsibility of selecting the association's new board members and 2013 Nominating Committee. Your participation is what makes APNA a strong and effective voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing - take part in shaping our future by casting your vote in the 2012 election! More Info


Strategic Planning
This past February the Board met to develop a new strategic plan for APNA. This plan is what guides the Board of Directors in governance of the association and focuses our strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. The planning process used during the meeting has been outlined in a two part series by President Marlene Nadler-Moodie for JAPNA. You can find the first part of this series in the March/April issue. This column summarizes how APNA has met the goals which were laid out in our 2009 strategic plan. Part Two will discuss the new plan and will appear in the upcoming May/June issue. APNA Strategic Plan  |  Read Strategic Planning: Part I


New Resources from HRSA
On April 30th, APNA President Marlene Nadler-Moodie and Executive Director Nicholas Croce joined representatives from various nursing organizations at a meeting with HHS Secretary Sebelius, Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, and HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield. During the meeting, nursing’s role in health care was discussed and valuable resources were shared. These resources, which address the nursing workforce, HRSA programs, and health care legislation, are featured in the APNA Resource Center: Resources from HRSA
 

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