the brochure and registration details.
October 2013 Fall Update
I hope that this posting finds you all in good spirits. I wanted to give you a quick update on what has been going on with the Chapter and why you have not seen an election ballot yet. We have been in a bit of reconstruction mode at this point. I had approached Nick Croce regarding what to do with the fact that members were willing to run for board positions but no one has come forward to run for Treasurer, or President Elect. I am on my fourth year on the NYS Board. I have served as a Member-at-Large, a year as President Elect, and two years as President. I have taken on a new, challenging position at work and will have to step down as the Chapter President, come June 1, 2014. Given that we are all overstretched and the idea of mentoring into a President Elect position may be a daunting idea, I asked Nick what our options are for board leadership after June 1, 2014. Nick has some ideas of how to move forward with a potential to try something new within the chapter. We are still working with Nick to see if this is a possibility. I will keep you posted as details roll out.
Having said that, here is what we have proposed as a current Board at this time:
We had 15 people submit names for board positions; some of you responded to the final call and will be posted on the ballot. This will be coming out this next week or so. PLEASE VOTE for two elected board members.
We have also talked about our membership growing and more and more people being interested in getting involved with our chapter activities. Therefore, for those of you that do not get elected, we would like to invite you to still be a part of our board meetings to help out with other activities, such as Conference Development, Membership Activities, and Advocacy.
In addition, we would like to put a call out to all members to be involved in the conference planning this year. We are putting together the conference for next year. It will be on May 30th at the Hyatt, in Malta. A tentative title is: Perspectives of Knowledge and Safety, Providing Challenging Mental Health Care within the Community. (Betty Pease, from OMH, is playing with this tentative title and will present a newer version in coming weeks.)
We already have two speakers lined up: Dr. Marilyn Nagle: presenting on PTSD; and Steve Miccio, presenting on Peer Empowerment within the Emergency Room setting. These are tentative titles, but you will get the idea of the topic. We are also putting out a request for the new OMH Commissioner to come and give a brief speech again about the OMH redesign and how it will impact all levels of mental health care, from inpatient to transition to community.
We are interested in other topics at this time. We have the evaluations from last year, but thought it would be a good to reach out and involve our members in searching for good speakers and topics. If you know of anyone that you’d like to see present, then please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2013.
The board will be having another conference call on October 28, 2013. After that call, we will be inviting any other NYS member to join the subsequent board phone calls, to hear what is going on and how we interact as a board. You will be able to contribute to conversations, but will not have voting privileges as a board member. We thought that those of you that are looking for opportunities to get more involved this would be a good starting point.
IF you would like to be on a conference call then please email me at the email above so that I can send you the conference call details.
We are excited about the ongoing growth of this chapter and look forward to involving our general membership in exciting new ways in the future. As always, I am available to continue to hear your thoughts, concerns, requests, etc. Please feel free to contact me at: the above email or contact information per the APNA member bridge. I look forward to another exciting year. Take care and with great respect for our passion and desire to do this challenging work in an ever changing world.
Heather Muxworthy, DNP, PMHNP-BC
APNA New York Chapter President
On behalf of the New York State Chapter of the APNA, I would like to welcome you to our official Chapter homepage. Our chapter was revitalized in the winter of 2008, and since then has flourished under the direction of a highly motivated Board. We encourage our members to use Member Bridge to connect with the New York State community! If you are not familiar with our members-only networking site, click here for an introductory presentation.
We look forward to your ongoing support and involvement as we move finto the future of NYS APNA with excitement and energy. Your support is vital to the success of our practice as Psychiatric Nurses today, and tomorrow!!
Our goal is to have regional meetings in the future to help support and activate leaders in local settings to become involved with the greater national goal of APNA, as well as those local goals developed by our constituents. If you are interested in becoming a regional leader or are willing to support local activity, please email any of the Board of Directors for further information.
Any APNA member who resides in New York is automatically a member of the New York Chapter. At present, there are no chapter dues. 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 many committees within the Board of Directors to further support the mission of American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Our committees include:
Nominations and Elections Committee
Advanced Practice Committee
General Practice Committee