Although I am 66, I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for only three years. I graduated from the Rush University of Chicago program in August of 2010 and have been part of the teaching faculty in the PMHNP program since then. I work three days a week at the Sixteenth Community Health Centers in Milwaukee and Waukesha and am the only PMHNP on the staff. We hope to employ two more within the next six months. Prior to entering the PMHNP field, I earned a MS in Community Counseling and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor from 2003 onward at the same clinics. Before that I served for 25 years as a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that included six years in the Dominican Republic where I became fluent in Spanish. My BSN came from Marquette University way back in 1973! I will leave the faculty of Rush University this August to start a position as Coordinator of the PMHNP program that is going to start at Alverno College in Milwaukee in Jan 2010 while continuing my work at the Sixteenth St. Clinics. I only work three days a week because I now receive social security retirement pension and consider myself 'semi-retired.'
I am currently the treasurer, but I would help with anything to get this Chapter back on track and functioning again.
I have served with multiple organizations outside of the mental health setting. I spent 18 years with Civil Air Patrol, including two years as a Squadron Commander. At that position I was responsible for 50 members, a building, van and a corporate owned aircraft. I have also worked with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I have been a nurse for 2.5 years now and while I am new to nursing I am very passionate about mental health nursing and look forward to the opportunity to help others develop their skills as a nurse.
Linda Denise Oakley
I would like to help our chapter of APNA to accomplish two goals. I would like to increase the benefit of APNA membership for our members. For example APNA recognizes and supports the work of members in practice, education, and research. Chapters nominate their members for recognition but it is an honor to be nominated. The Board can help to make this happen. Second. I would like to build on APNA work to develop and put forth a position paper on PMH Nurses in Wisconsin. As UW Madison Professor of Nursing and a psychiatric mental health NP in primary care I hear many others speak for PMH nurses. I would like to hear us speak up for our profession, our practice, and public mental health care. Wouldn't you?
Mary Tulinnye is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Tulinnye earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Moraine Park Technical College in 2006; her Bachelors of Science from Marian University in 2008; and her Master’s of Science from UW Madison School of Nursing in 2011. Ms. Tulinnye will graduate from UW Madison with Her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a Psychiatric focus in August 2013. She currently works at the Madison Veterans Hospital in Telephone Triage and is an associate clinical faculty professor for Edgewood College teaching Psycho Social Spiritual Nursing. For the last four years Ms. Tulinnye has served as a Teaching Assistant for UW School of Nursing and as a Research Assistant for a project my STEPS that aimed to empower women of lower socio economic status with the tools needed to manage stress and improve their health. She serves the hospital as a Magnet Champion and a Pain Resource Professional. In her future nursing career Ms. Tulinnye aims to empower her fellow VA clinicians with the tools necessary to motivate their patients to engage in health seeking behaviors. She also has the goal of continuing her mental health advocacy work with the Dane County National Alliance for Mental Illness, working to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.