Member-at-Large

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Michael J. Rice, Ph.D. APRN-NP, FAAN

Amy J. Rushton, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC
 



Michael J. Rice, Ph.D. APRN-NP, FAAN

PRESENT POSITION
College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Professor Psychiatric Nursing

EDUCATION
College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Ph.D. 12/88
College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska M.S.N. 12/76
Mount Marty College B.S.N. 12/74

 

APNA CONTRIBUTIONSI have served as an APNA Board Member at Large, 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 as an APNA representative on License, Accreditation Certification Education (LACE) Committee, APNA representative on the National Task Force of Clinical Hours for Combined PMH CNS and NP Programs, and as an APNA 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. I have an understanding of psychiatric nursing and its role in mental health care and policy. I have directed, worked and consulted on a total of eight funded HRSA projects using distance technologies. I am currently the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) a state legislative mandate receiving $1.5 million annually to use technology for interprofessional education. My HRSA funded project “Medically In need Rural Area” (MIRA) won 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.

APNA MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE: As an involved APNA member, I am familiar with the membership and organization.   I am experienced in several APNA initiatives and can represent member’s interests.  I a proven track record and a willingness to work hard for the membership. 

HOW I CAN HELP FULFILL APNA’S PURPOSE AS A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATION:  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.
 

 



Amy J. Rushton, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

PRESENT POSITION
Chief Nurse Executive, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Falls Church, VA

EDUCATION
1998: Masters of Science in Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

1994: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Minor in Sociology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

APNA CONTRIBUTIONS
I have served as an APNA Board Member at Large 2011-2013, Chaired the APNA Nominating Committee 2007-2008, Co-Chaired the 2007 APNA Seclusion and Restraint Task Force, Co-Chair for APNA Institute for Safe Environments 2008-2011, member of the APNA Scholarly Review Committee 2009-2013, member of the Planning Committee for APNA Annual Conference 2006 – 2008.

OTHER EXPERIENCE
I have been a practicing registered nurse since 1994 and an ANCC certified APRN in psychiatry since 1998.  I have worked in a variety of roles and settings: staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse supervisor, therapist in private practice, Director of Continuing Education for APNA, and nurse administrator.  My current position is Chief Nurse Executive at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, a state run inpatient psychiatric facility in Northern Virginia.  I am also the Director of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute’s Regional Community Support Center, which is dedicated to the safety of consumers, families and service providers, the elimination of the need for coercion and the use of seclusion and restraint, the full integration of trauma-informed care in all care settings, positive partnerships between consumers and service providers and healing treatments that inspire hope and make recovery possible for all individuals.

APNA MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE: I have been honored to have served as an APNA board member for the past two years.  The opportunities I have been offered in my nursing career have landed me in a great position to be able to continue offer some unique perspectives to APNA.  My varied experiences in psychiatric nursing has allowed me to have a broad view of psychiatric nursing and has provided me with an awareness of what the current challenges are that face psychiatric mental health nurses today. I have been actively involved with APNA for almost 15 years as a member, an employee and most recently a board member. I would like to continue my service and dedication to APNA and to the advancement and promotion of psychiatric nursing.   I am experienced in developing working relationships to achieve common goal. 

HOW I CAN HELP FULFILL APNA’S PURPOSE AS A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATION:  I am committed to the implementation of APNA’s strategic plan.  All aspects of psychiatric nursing need to be topics of discussion at every table locally and nationally.  All psychiatric nurses need to be able to speak about the issues that affect our nurses and the populations we serve.  Continuing to bring high quality educational products to our members is germane to strengthening our voice as experts and leaders in psychiatric- mental health nursing.  Helping to identify APNA thought leaders within our membership and continuing to promote APNA’s tools, such as the Mentor Match Program, will continue to enhance leadership development and advance a culture of mentorship within nursing and within APNA.