Member-at-Large

A member at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description

Candidates:

Helen Birkbeck, MBA, MSN, APRN, CS, CCHP
Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS
Kris Lambert, PhD, RN
Michael J. Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN

 



Helen Birkbeck, MBA, MSN, APRN, CS, CCHP

Helen BirkbeckPresent Position

Psychiatric APRN, Correctional Managed Health Care, University of Connecticut
APNA New England Chapter State Representative

Education

2015- MBA, Ashford University, Clinton, IA
1997- MSN, St. Joseph College, W. Hartford, CT
1992- BS, Eastern CT State University, Willimantic, CT
1989- AS (Nursing), Quinnsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA

APNA Contributions

I have been a member of APNA for 25 years.  I have served on the New England Chapter Board for 18 years in many capacities, including CT state representative, Treasurer, Secretary, President, and Acting President. In 2013, I was the recipient of the APNA Distinguished Service Award.  I was a three time chairperson of the New England Chapter annual conference.  I was the recipient of the NEAPNA Grace Sills Distinguished Service Award and the NEAPNA Nancy Valentine Leadership Award.  I am an APNA Mentor and a member of the Forensic Council Steering Committee.

Other Experience

I have held a variety of positions in a variety of settings as a psychiatric nurse.  I have worked as a staff nurse inpatient public and private hospitals.  I have worked in a community mental health center on the Assertive Treatment Team. As adjunct faculty at UCONN School of Nursing and UMASS School of Nursing, I provided clinical instruction to undergrad nursing students during their mental health and home health rotations. I provided crisis intervention and evaluation in an inner city hospital emergency department.  Currently I provide treatment to a male inmate population.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: During my tenure as board member of NEAPNA, I served in every board position.  While I was Acting President, I resuscitated the struggling chapter that was on the verge becoming inactive.  In six months under my leadership, the chapter was revitalized.  I led a recruitment effort that brought the board from a few members to fifteen enthusiastic members with fresh ideas.  The chapter newsletter was resurrected and I helped establish a scholarship fund for student nurses pursuing a career in mental health nursing.  As Member-at-Large, I will utilize my leadership skills to continue to provide support and to empower psychiatric nurses.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  As a three time chair of the NEAPNA conference, I have the experience of coordinating educational activities to address the cultural diversities faced by psychiatric nurses in a variety of roles and settings.  I will embrace the opportunity promote the value of psychiatric nursing with enthusiasm and passion.  I am very interested in working collaboratively to help shape health policy in the delivery of mental health treatment.

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Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS

Present Position

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

Education

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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Kris Lambert, PhD, RN

Present Position

Full time Associate Professor of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Part time Senior Nursing Specialist at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.

Education

2010 PhD: Nursing Research  University of San Diego
2007 MSN: Executive Nurse Leadership University of San Diego                                                                                       
1985 BA: Psychology and Liberal Studies Antioch University
1982 AS: Nursing Mount Saint Mary’s College
1978 AA: Psychiatric Technician Ventura College

APNA Contributions

I currently serve as the Recovery Council Co-Chair; seeking to provide members with practical, evidence-based information to integrate into their practice setting. This has taken the form of podium and poster presentations at APNA Annual Conferences, webinar development for programs offered on the APNA Website, collaborator/presenter for the Transitions to Practice Program, reviewer for several webinar modules offered by APNA and co-author of a published article dedicated to promoting the use of person first language as a tool to reduce stigma and promote recovery. In addition, for the past five years, I have functioned as the San Diego area representative for the California APNA.

Other Experience

  • For the past 35 years I have worked in a variety of roles including: bedside, charge, intake nurse, nurse manager, and educator psychiatric emergency team member, director, nursing supervisor, legal nurse advisor, nurse advocate, and LPS certified nurse.
  • Trainer: Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Program
  • Trainer: Safe Talk Workshops for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Member and current Vice-President: Sigma Theta Tau International Zeta Mu at Large Chapter
  • Team Leader: National Alliance for Mental Illness Annual Walk and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Volunteer: United Service Organization (USO) serving dinner (once a month) to active duty service members and their families.
  • Founder and facilitator: Stress Mediation Group for students preparing for NCLEX.
  • Facilitator: Rare Event Training using a collaborative model between Point Loma Nazarene University and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am proud to be a psychiatric mental health nurse and honored to collaborate in the care individuals living with mental illness. I believe I am well-suited to serve as an APNA Member- at-Large as I am dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness as well as my colleagues through education, research and advocacy.  I have enjoyed working with other APNA members on various projects and councils and believe I have demonstrated the skill, leadership and dedication required to help steward the organization by providing: a) oversight and collaborative partnership between board members, membership and staff members, b) mentorship to emerging leaders, c) advocacy for individuals living with mental illness and d) opportunities for growth, education and scholarship of our membership.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:

  • Remain current with healthcare trends and policies that effect the organization, mental health nurses and individuals living with mental illness.
  • Promote fiscal responsibility by monitoring the distribution of grants and funds, etc.
  • Lead by engaging in scholarship that advances the science and practice of caring for individuals with mental illness.
  • Assess the needs of the membership and collaborating with APNA Councils, Expert Panel Members and Members to develop and deliver current best practice information.

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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

Education

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.