Nominating Committee

The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. More Info

Nancy Dillon, Ph.D, RN, CNS

Carolyn D. Harris-Muchell, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN

Joyce M. Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
 



Nancy Dillon, Ph.D, RN, CNS

PRESENT POSITION
Retired from my most recent position as Nurse Executive for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Previously employed for 19 years by the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Patient Education Coordinator.

EDUCATION
BS Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
MSN Psychiatric Mental health Nursing , U of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
PhD, Higher Education and Student Personnel, U of Mississippi, University, MS
Certified by ANCC since 1992 as an Adult Mental Health CNS
Completed training as Family Therapist in 1978.

APNA CONTRIBUTIONS
President, Minnesota Chapter (2008-2009)
Member: LACE (Licensing, Accreditation, Certification and Education) Steering Committee
Member: Recovery to Practice Steering Committee and Curriculum Committee (2011-2012)
Co-Chair – Mental Health Recovery Council Steering Committee 2011- present
Recipient – Excellence in Nursing Leadership (Advanced)  2008
Recipient – Outstanding Practice in the Treatment of Schizophrenia (Minnesota Department of Human Services) 2008
Presenter at many APNA conferences for pre-conferences and concurrent sessions
Poster judge for 3 years

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Many years of experience as a advanced practice nurse provider, as a consultant, educator and administrator in all areas of the service continuum. 

APNA MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE: I have a broad background in psychiatric mental health nursing having served individuals with mental health issues in inpatient settings and in the community.  I am able to relate to nurses at all levels.  I am committed to having nurses at all levels of the service continuum serving as leaders in APNA. 

HOW I CAN HELP FULFILL APNA’S PURPOSE AS A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATION:  I support the research and educational endeavors of APNA by disseminating information, participating in efforts as requested and by presenting at many conferences

 



Carolyn D. Harris-Muchell, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN

PRESENT POSITION
Clinical Faculty, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Department of Community Health Systems; Adjunct Faculty, American College of Nursing. C.H.O.I.C.E.S., Psychotherapy Practice, serving child, adolescent, families and HIV individuals recently incarcerated. Sojourn to the Past, Behavioral Health Consultant assisting adolescent identify and decrease violence and social isolation through principles of non-violence.

EDUCATION
2006   PhD    University of California San Francisco
1991   MSN   University of California San Francisco
1984   BSN    Arizona State University

APNA CONTRIBUTIONS
I have not served on a national level, although a long time member.

OTHER EXPERIENCE
I have been a psychiatric nurse since 1985.  My experience includes charge nurse on inpatient child and adolescents units, as well as adults units.  I have been the charge nurse for partial day programs for children.  I have worked as the charge nurse for residential treatment facilities for adolescents.  I was the charge nurse and later the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the children’s unit at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) in San Francisco. I have provided therapy for homeless mentally ill and family therapy with mothers and children at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. I have taught family therapy and theories in the School of Nursing UCSF, as well as provided live supervision for child psychiatric fellows at LPPI. I worked as an item writer for ANCC’s Child Adolescent Mental Health CNS certification exam in 2011.  Yearly I review grants and research proposal for STTI. I travel 30 days yearly with up to 160 adolescent on a 10 day civil rights/social justice educational experience to provide behavioral and emotional support for the content being studied.

APNA MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE: I am interested and invested in assisting APNA to become one of the standard barriers for the mental health of our youth.  APNA has an opportunity to shape the future of our worldwide community by evidence based practice which will result in, policy proposals and effective community interventions.

HOW I CAN HELP FULFILL APNA’S PURPOSE AS A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATION:  I am committed to the mental health of children and adolescents which will result in healthy families, communities and countries.  This are difficult times, I am interested in encouraging mental health nurses to implement evidence based interventions which can assist vulnerable communities, especially communities of color, via decreasing the isolation and hopelessness experienced by many youth. I believe that APNA could be an integral component to assisting the country identify the sequlae of isolation and hopeless and decrease the growing normalization of violence in the lives of our youth and their communities.


 



Joyce M. Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

PRESENT POSITION
Associate Professor
Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, CT

EDUCATION
2002: DNSc, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
1983: MSN, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT
1979: BSN, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

APNA CONTRIBUTIONS
Since joining APNA in 2003, I have supported the organization’s efforts to provide leadership to nurses and to improve the mental health care for individuals through my poster presentations at the past four conferences and a publication in the Schizophrenia Special Issue of JAPNA. I joined the Research Committee in 2004. I have worked on the Education Council and am currently serving on the Undergraduate Education Workgroup. I will be part of a multi-institution panel presentation at a pre-conference for the 2013 APNA Conference. I recently reviewed an upcoming edition of Counseling Points, which focuses on the use of the Recovery Model with individuals with schizophrenia. Over the past 2 years, I have been a member of the Expert Panel for the Recovery Council and a member of the Steering Committee for the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy.

OTHER EXPERIENCE
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), certified since 1993 through the ANCC as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, with more than 30 years’ experience working in multiple modalities and diverse clinical settings. I have taught courses in both undergraduate Mental Health Nursing and the Psychiatric NP program for the past 15 years. My research has focused on issues related to identity, self-recovery, and community living for those with severe mental illness. I served as Undergraduate Program Director for four years and as President of our Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

APNA MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE: I respectfully request the support of my fellow APNA members in my bid for a position on the Nominating Committee. I would bring a thoughtful, inclusive, and empowering leadership style to my work on the Committee, as well as an ability to work well with diverse groups of people. I have a strong innate sense of fairness coupled with a long-standing commitment to represent the voices of those that I serve when in leadership positions. I am committed to the future of APNA, and to the profession of psychiatric nursing.

HOW I CAN HELP FULFILL APNA’S PURPOSE AS A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION ORGANIZATION:  Over the past few years, the leaders and members of APNA have fashioned this organization into a vibrant and dynamic group that has become a major player in clinical, academic, and policy arenas. What we know about the future is that it will demand a level of leadership that requires even greater skills and vision if our profession is to keep our place at the table. Members of the Nominating Committee must be sensitive to these needs and issues, and diligent in developing a balanced and talented slate of candidates. I will combine my clinical and academic skills and experiences to continue the work of APNA in serving psychiatric nurses, their clients and the needs of the mental health services delivery system.