Psychiatric Nurse of the Year


The APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award recognizes an APNA member who demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.


  1. Demonstrates vision in providing creative solutions.
  2. Exhibits and encourages risk taking.
  3. Challenges traditional roles and perspectives of psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  4. Champions the facilitation of mental health services for individuals/families/communities.
  5. Disseminates psychiatric-mental health nursing knowledge (published paper or oral presentation)
  6. Is recognized as a leader committed to assisting other nurses in their development as psychiatric-mental health nurses.

Each nomination should include two letters of recommendation of no more than 500 words each (one from the nominator and one from a reference, each submitted via the online nomination form). Each letter should provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the above criteria.

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Nominations Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Past Recipients: 2016 - Barbara Jones Warren  |  2015 - Kathleen Delaney  |  2014 - Katherine Baltazar  |  2013 - Jocelyn Perez  | 2012 - Mary Ann Nihart  |  2011 - Barbara Drew  |  2010 - Kathleen Buckwalter  More

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.