A Message from the President

Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

September 2012

 

Can you believe that in a little over a month we will be in Pittsburgh for the APNA 26th Annual Conference?! Our theme this year, Fighting Stigma, is one that is close to my heart.  As my distinguished friend Mr. Phil Handy has told you, we have three exciting keynotes to look forward to, all of whom have been instrumental in fighting stigma in its various forms.

Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who has courageously put a public face to recovery from mental illness and become a passionate advocate for mental health, will speak during the Opening Program on Wednesday. Get a sample of what to expect at the conference with this short YouTube video in which he makes an impassioned call to end the stigma of mental illness.

On Thursday, we are honored to have Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter joining us not only to speak but also to share with us her book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis. (All conference attendees will receive a free signed copy!) Former First Lady Carter has spent upwards of 35 years bringing mental health care out of the shadows and has been a driving force in mental health policy. Her book takes a look at the incredible progress that we have all made in fighting the stigma of mental illness and provides some insight into how far we still have to go.

Nursing leader Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN will speak on Friday, delving into the importance of finding solutions to the challenges we as nurses currently face, as well as improving the quality of how health care is delivered in the US.  A strong believer in advancing the nursing profession for nurses in all settings, Dr. Burnes Bolton recently served as Vice Chair of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing and also chaired the National Advisory Committee for the Transforming Care at the Bedside Initiative, both of which were coordinated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine.

Right up there with the keynote speakers is an educational program jam-packed with presentations by your colleagues which will pique your interest, enhance your clinical knowledge, interpret the latest research, enrich your professional development, and revitalize your practice! November 7th through 10th promises to be a great mix of education, motivation, and fun. Don’t forget to pack a your team's jersey or colors for our networking event on Friday night at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams. (You just might see me in my San Diego jersey! Go Chargers!)

I for one am especially looking forward to getting together and meeting in person all of you with whom I’ve developed friendships online over the past year and also making new friends!  Nothing can compare to getting together face-to-face with psychiatric-mental health nurses from all over the country – it never fails to be a fabulous time full of laughter and inspiration. Every one of you has a story to tell, whether it’s that patient that inspired you, the colleague who helped you through a hard time, how you fight stigma, or your vision for our future. I so look forward to hearing these stories and maybe sharing some of my own. In the process I know that I will make connections that will continue with me past my tenure as APNA President and many years into the future.

Can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh!

Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC