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Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS
Michael J. Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN


Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS

Present Position

Director of Nursing, Psychiatric Services
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Dallas, Texas


2014 - DNP, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
1991 - MSN, PMH CNS The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
1974 - BSN, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

APNA Contributions

  • APNA member since 2008
  • Presented at APNA national conferences 2009, 2011, 2014 and abstract accepted for 2015
  • APNA Texas chapter president, 2010-2013, revitalized dormant chapter
  • APNA Texas collaborated with University of Texas at Arlington to host regional conferences
  • APNA Texas board, 2010-2015
  • Texas growth recognized; selected as 2013 national conference site
  • Recovery to Practice (RTP) facilitator, first APNA member to facilitate RTP; facilitated with inter-professional team for DNP capstone project in fall 2013.
  • Member, Recovery Council Steering Committee, 2014-2015
  • Member, Research Council Steering Committee, 2015-present
  • APNA Texas project director for Hogg Foundation four-year coordinating grant to disseminate RTP across Texas, 2015-2019

Other Experience

  • Over 35 years of experience as PMH clinician, advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator, consultant, and translator of evidence into practice
  • Chair, Mental Health Node Expert Reference Group, The Joanna Briggs Institute, Adelaide, S. Australia (an international research group), 2013-present
  • Disseminate APNA RTP in current organization
  • Co-led implementation of evidence-based suicide risk screening in one of the largest county healthcare systems in the nation, 2015.
  • Texas Nurses Association, Finance Committee, 2013-present
  • Member of  Dallas County's Behavioral Health Leadership Team, 2014-present
  • Consultant for implementation of a peer specialist program in Level 1 Trauma, Safety Net, Public, Academic Hospital, 2014-present
  • Speaker at state, regional, and national conferences
  • Serve on planning committees for regional PMH nursing and mental health conferences
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member, ANA
  • Past president, Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses (ACAPN), Texas Chapter (ACAPN is now part of ISPN)
  • Past board member, Texas Nurses Association, District 4
  • Past member, Dallas County Youth Service Advisory Board

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: As a member of APNA, APNA Texas, and the psychiatric nursing community, I demonstrate leadership, service, innovation, collaboration, and advocacy for the organization, its members, and most importantly, the patients and families we serve. I would like the opportunity to advance APNA purposes at a national level as a member-at-large. My experience as chair of an international, inter-professional Mental Health Expert Reference Group has provided me with a world view of mental health that I would share with the APNA board.     

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  If elected to the national board, I will bring my experiences with innovative, evidence- based practices; education; inter-professional collaboration; advocacy, and healthcare technology, to the table to ensure that APNA continues to effectively address its purposes of education, research, and advocacy. I also plan to share the work that APNA Texas in collaboration with APNA national, will be doing with the RTP dissemination grant. This project can be a model for future state dissemination grants.

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Michael J. Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Present Position

Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Co-Director of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado


12/88 College of Nursing, University of Arizona  PhD, Tucson, Arizona
12/76 College of Nursing, University of Nebraska  MSN, Omaha, Nebraska
12/74 Mount Marty College  BSN, Yankton, South Dakota

APNA Contributions

I have served as  an APNA Board Member at Large, Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Nurses Foundation, Grant Reviewer for the American Psychiatric Nurses Foundation, a member of the Editorial Review Board for JAPNA, Column Editor and author of Evidence Based Psychiatric Care in JAPNA,  APNA's committee’s on constructing a National Board Certification Exam, Advanced Practice Manual Steering Committee, Advanced Practice Committee, state Legislative Committees, Task Force on Patient Outcomes, President (2 terms) of the Washington Psychiatric Nurses Association and Board of Directors Washington Chapter. I have also represented APNA externally on License, Accreditation Certification Education (LACE) Committee, representative on the National Task Force of Clinical Hours for Combined PMH CNS and NP Programs, and as an Expert for the Logical Job Analysis with ANCC.

Other Experience

I am an experienced psychiatric APRN.  In my career I have been a psychiatric nurse tech, staff nurse, unit charge nurse, nursing supervisor, department administrator, CNS and NP researcher and educator.  My HRSA funded projects have won the 2002 EDUCAUSE award for Excellence in Application of Technology and 2003 award for Best Paper in Industry and Corporate Training from the International Institute of Informatics.  I also serve as the chair of the system wide UNMC committee on Social Media in Higher Education and the National and Board of Advisors for Spyglass Consulting, focused on emerging health care technology.   I was recently selected as a Board Member for the Institute of Behavioral Health Improvement, a national organization dedicated to improving the behavioral health outcomes of the nation.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I am a committed psychiatric nurse who believes in the collective wisdom of psychiatric nurses.   I have a strong work ethic, am goal oriented and have high expectations of myself. I believe that new methods of communication make us a tighter community and give us a more unified voice toward achieving APNA’s goals using the best options and thoughts of the membership.  I believe in in being visible and standing up to be counted for what APNA believes in, active listening and balancing well thought out positions with action and sustained commitment to those beliefs .

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I work diligently within and outside of APNA for psychiatric nurses to be collaborative leaders through networking and education, integrating research, addressing practice issues, and supporting growth of the next generation of leaders.  My efforts over the years demonstrate that I represent the interest of the goals and purposes of APNA.

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