2016 APNA Elections

Vote Now May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

When we started this year’s nomination & elections process, we told you that participating made you a part of something BIG.  Your influence gets even bigger when you cast your vote for one of the outstanding leaders on this year’s ballot. During the next sixty days, I hope that you will join the other 10,500 APNA members in voting for someone from a field of excellent candidates.

Click here to cast your vote!

For instructions on voting online, see the Steps to Vote. All ballots must be postmarked or electronically filed no later than July 25, 2016 to be considered valid.

The 2016 Nominating Committee gave careful consideration to each of the impressive nominations received before selecting this year’s candidates. The slate of candidates was subsequently approved by the Board of Directors. We are grateful to all of those who participated in this process and applaud those who were willing to submit their name for consideration.

To familiarize yourself with the candidates, check out the Online Voter's Guide or call APNA at 855-863-2762 to request a paper copy. We hope that this information will give you a sense of the candidates’ backgrounds, leadership styles, and contributions to APNA. As you exercise your right to vote, please also take into consideration the purpose of APNA as outlined in the bylaws (see excerpt below).

Thank you for your continued support of APNA and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Let your voice be heard by casting your vote for the new leaders of your association!


Mary Ann Nihart  
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC President
Kathryn E. Brotzge, MSN, APRN
Chair, Nominating Committee

(Adopted September 2006)


Section 1. (a) APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services; (b) to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “IRC”), as well as governmental units and other nonprofit organizations, that promote and further the purposes described in this Section 1 above; and (c) to exercise any other powers conferred upon Associations organized pursuant to the provisions of the Delaware General Association Law, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).

Section 2. The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

Section 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (i) by an Association exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3); or (ii) by an Association contributions to which are deductible under IRC Section 170(c)(2).

Section 4. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

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