APNA Membership FAQs
  1. Who should join APNA?
  2. How many members does APNA have?
  3. Who runs APNA?
  4. How do I get help with membership questions?
  5. How long does it take to process my membership?
  6. I am a full-time student. Do I get a discounted rate on membership?
  7. I am a former member. How do I reinstate my membership?
  8. Is APNA part of ANA?
  9. Has APNA developed standards for psychiatric-mental health nursing practice?
  10. Does APNA certify its members for practice?
  11. Does APNA have information about licensing?
  12. Does APNA provide malpractice insurance for its members?
  13. As a member, how can I participate in APNA?


Who should join APNA?
APNA serves the interest of registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in psychiatric-mental health both nationally and internationally. There are also memberships for students who are engaged in full-time study in a nursing program and retired RNs. In addition, APNA offers membership to other mental health professionals interested in supporting the psychiatric mental health nurses.


How many members does APNA have?
APNA has over 8,800 members.


Who runs APNA?
APNA is governed by a Board of Directors who are members nominated and elected by the membership. The Board is supported by the national office staff.


How do I get help with membership questions?
Please contact Patricia Federinko, Membership Coordinator, at pfederinko@apna.org or Sharon Henson, Membership Specialist, at shenson@apna.org. You can also call toll-free 855-863-APNA (2762).


How long does it take to process my membership?
It takes approximately two weeks to process membership applications and renewals. Once your membership is processed, you will be mailed a member welcome letter that includes your new membership card.


I am a full-time student. Do I get a discounted rate for membership?
Student membership is $25.00. It is only available to full-time students in a nursing program and who can provide evidence of full-time status. The Student must send in a letter from their dean, registrar, or program director which verifies full-time status in a nursing program. Student members may not vote or hold office, but they may serve on committees, councils and task forces. Students will be mailed a copy of JAPNA and will receive APNA News by email.

Learn More: Student Application Process


I am a former member. How do I reinstate my membership?
Use the member lookup feature available on the Renew Membership page to determine your member number. If this does not work, please call our Membership Department at 855-863-APNA (2762). Please do not creat a new account. Note that your eLearning History is linked with your APNA ID number - if you create a new account with a new ID number, any history you have from a previous account will not transfer. If you do not know your APNA ID number or cannot log on to your account, please call the APNA Membership Department at 855-863-APNA (2762) in order to maintain access to your current eLearning History (including CE certificates).

Learn More: Renew Membership  |  APNA eLearning Center


Is APNA part of ANA?

APNA is an independent organization, however is it a premiere organizational affiliate of ANA. Membership in APNA is not the same as membership in the American Nurses Association (ANA). However, a membership with APNA does include an eMembership in the ANA. You do not need to be an ANA member to join APNA. Conversely, you do not need to be an APNA member to join ANA.

Learn More:  APNA Membership & ANA eMembership  |  American Nurses Association


Has APNA developed standards for psychiatric-mental health nursing practice?

APNA collaborates with ANA to develop and publish psychiatric-mental health nursing standards for both basic and advanced practice. A copy of the Scope and Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing can be purchased through APNA. Call
855-863-APNA (2762) or visit the APNA online store for more information or to purchase a copy.

Learn More: Scope and Standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing


Does APNA certify its members for practice?

APNA is not a certification agency. Psychiatric-mental health nurses are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). APNA offers its members a substantial discount on ANCC certification and up to $105 off certain exams.

Learn More: American Nurses Credentialing Center  |  ANCC Membership Discount Codes


Does APNA have information about licensing?

A state board for nursing grants licenses for practice. For a listing of boards by state, contact the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The council also provides “scope of practice” information and procedural guidelines for international nurses who are interested in working in the United States.

Learn More: NCSBN Boards of Nursing


Does APNA provide malpractice insurance for its members?

APNA has partnered with the Nurses Service Organization and endorses their products for liability insurance. For more information, contact (800) 247-1500 and reference APNA.

Learn More: Nurses Service Organization


As a member, how can I participate in APNA?
APNA's most valuable asset is its members! Member involvement is what shapes and drives our association of professionals. Members have a variety of options for participation, whether it's taking a few minutes to post a message online or spending a couple of hours each month participating in council work...the opportunities are as varied as they are plentiful!

Learn More: Get Involved