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Mary Ann Nihart Margie Warrell Gail Stuart
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC Margie Warrell Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN
APNA President's Address
Thursday  |  October 20
Keynote Presentation
Friday  |  October 21
APNF Keynote Presentation
Saturday  |  October 22
Mary Ann Nihart Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Inspiring Leadership Every Day
October 20, 9:00am-10:00am

Currently, APNA President Mary Ann Nihart serves as Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care – Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Chief Nurse Mental Health Services and Telephone Linked Care in the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health System and Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco. After many years as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in a San Francisco based clinic for treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women, Nihart has turned her focus to expanding integrated mental health services in primary care with a special emphasis on women veterans. Nihart is nationally recognized as an expert in the integration of the biological basis of psychiatric disorders in
the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and coedited one of the first undergraduate psychiatric nursing textbooks based on a psychobiological understanding of mental illness. She has received multiple honors and awards, including the 2012 American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award.

Margie Warrell
Margie Warrell
Choosing to Lead
October 21, 9:00am-10:00am

Margie Warrell’s passion, humour, stories and practical advice have led to her becoming a highly in demand speaker around the globe. She has shared her expertise on
leading media outlets such as the Today show, FOX News, CNBC, and Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Women’s Health. A certified master  coach and popular keynote speaker, Warrell has run ‘courage-building’ programs with organizations worldwide like NASA, Ernst & Young, AOL and the United Nations Foundation. In 2010, Warrell founded Global Courage, an organization focused on supporting women in building their capacity, confidence and courage for leadership and becoming more powerful catalysts for change in their organizations, community and society. Warrell is the author of two bestselling books—Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill 2009) and Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013). Her latest book, Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life (Wiley, 2015) guides readers to move past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep them from making the changes and taking chances they need to enjoy the fulfillment and success they desire.

Gail Stuart
Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN
American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation Keynote Presentation
October 22, 9:00am-10:00am
A past president of APNA, Dr. Gail Stuart is Dean and a tenured Distinguished University Professor in the College of Nursing and a Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a past president of the American College of Mental Health Administration, a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and is currently President of the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce and on the National Advisory Board of SAMHSA. Dr. Stuart serves on numerous academic, corporate and government boards and has represented nursing on a variety of National Institute of Mental Health policy and research panels. She has published numerous articles, chapters, textbooks, and media productions. Most notable among these is her textbook, Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing, which has been honored with four Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing and has been translated into 5 languages. She has received many awards, including the ANA Distinguished Contribution to Psychiatric Nursing Award, the Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award from the APNA and the Hildegard Peplau Award from the ANA. Dr. Stuart's clinical and research interests involve the study of depression, anxiety disorders, clinical outcomes, and mental health delivery systems.


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