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About the Chapter

The New England Chapter was founded in 1993. Our first business meeting was at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Karen Chesley was the New England Regional Representative, she worked at McLean and asked Nancy Valentine if we could have a one day conference there. The conference was a sellout and a great success. We came together and found support for the task ahead.

The Chapter is made up of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Our membership is about 860 people. The largest group of members come from MA. We believe our strength is in bringing all our states together. Click here to read our latest newsletter!

Mission Statement
As psychiatric nurses and members of the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, we collaborate and engage in fellowship to advance psychiatric nursing.


Any APNA member who resides in New England automatically becomes a member of the New England Chapter. If you are interested in joining or renewing your membership, please see the Membership tab on APNA’s home page for more information about the application process and dues.

We have a business meeting at the conference and a second business meeting at the APNA National conference. There are working sessions for the Board of Directors that meet monthly. All members are invited.

NEAPNA has no dues. Our income comes from:
1. The yearly New England Conference
2. Donations for our Awards are from our members and others.



  • Recognizing the contributions of individual members
  • Creating networking opportunities
  • Recognition of the diversity of members, practice options and culture


  • Recruitment & Retention of membership
  • Annual Conferences
  • Chapter Publications
  • Strategic Alliances


  • Mentoring
  • Skills Training
  • Opportunities to participate in regional & national activities

For organization and meeting information contact the Chapter President.



Chapter Spring Conference
Friday, April 24, 2015

Psychiatric Nursing:  Staying Ahead of the Curve

Holiday Inn Portland - By The Bay
Portland, ME

Download event postcard here.


Member Bridge Network

Use Member Bridge to connect with your local community!  If you are not familiar with our members-only networking site, click here for an introductory presentation.