Networking at the APNA 27th Annual Conference
Attendees cited the networking, both planned and unplanned, that occured at the conference as one of the most valuable aspects of their time in San Antonio: members of committees who had corresponded via Member Bridge met face-to-face, presenters handed out their contact information to continue conversations about their sessions or posters after the conference, and students learned from seasoned professionals.
“This conference has changed my life and the way I think about nursing and who nurses are. More importantly, I found a place where I felt validated, safe, and supported with my ideas. I am thankful to every board member, APNA member, and every nurse in attendance who made this conference a reality to me. I can not wait until next year.” - Attendee
“This being my first Psychiatric Conference, I would have to say the most valuable part was the insight of so many colleagues in the field and having been welcomed so warmly by members of the Michigan Chapter.” - Attendee
“I look forward to reaching out to specific speakers to obtain guides and their direct patient tools to bring to our inpatient setting.” - Attendee
“[What I found most valuable was] being around other psych nurses for support and encouragement and meeting people to be my mentor.” - Attendee
2013 APNA Board of Directors Scholars
The inaugural class of APNA Board of Directors (BOD) Scholars received registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the conference, as well one year complimentary membership and the opportunity to participate in APNA mentorships and initiatives.
“I would never have had the means to attend the conference this year had it not been for this scholarship. As a result, I have a reignited love for the field of psychiatric nursing, as well as a more established framework for my future!” - BOD Scholar
“I exchanged contact information with more than three nurse leaders in areas I was either interested in or with professionals I felt would be able to aid in my educational journey. I have since been in touch with two of these individuals and made effort to maintain contact.” - BOD Scholar
“The opportunity to be exposed to current research and developments across the world was of great educational value. Equally valuable was the opportunity to meet professionals from varying backgrounds and experiences. The education I received simply through conversations with others was worthwhile!” - BOD Scholar
“I was able to talk to a nurse who works in a Med Surg setting and helps to refer patients with Psych illnesses to help that they need mentally and not just physically. This is something I would really like to look into and pursue.” - BOD Scholar
“I was able to meet many nurses around the country and I was given great advice. Like they advised, I intend to journal so I can see my progress and self esteem improve as I get more comfortable.” - BOD Scholar
“I intend to become a mentor to emerging leaders especially to those who are in the military.” - BOD Scholar