Award for Innovation - Individual


The APNA Award for Innovation - Individual recognizes an APNA member who has developed and/or demonstrated a new, fresh approach to care through innovation in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.


1. The innovation(s) must have been in place for at least one (1) year.
2. The innovation(s) may include, but not be limited to:

  • a new role for a psychiatric-mental health nurse
  • a new setting for a psychiatric-mental health nurse
  • a new collaborative model
  • a new care delivery model
  • a new, evidence-based therapeutic intervention
  • a new education model, innovative curriculum or course

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.

Nominations Deadline: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The deadline to submit a nomination for the Annual Awards has passed.

Past Award Recipients:  2016 - Elaine McGrane Olmstead  |  2015 - Angela Mackay Thomas  |  2014 - Sharon Katz  |  2013 - Marian Roman  |  2012 - Nidhi Chabora  2011 - Michael Terry  |  2010 - Dawn Vanderhoef  |  More

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