Overview of the Strategic Planning Process

APNA employs a strategic plan, informed by feedback from our councils, chapters, and membership, to guide the Board of Directors in governance of the association. On February 26 and 27, 2015, a strategic planning group consisting of the Board of Directors and senior staff of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) met to update its long-range strategic direction. The result of this meeting was a plan that dovetails with APNA's previous strategic plan and that defines APNA’s future direction. It is the group’s consensus on what will constitute APNA’s future success.

Planning:
This plan and its successful implementation signals the APNA Board of Directors' commitment to leading the association strategically. The APNA Strategic Plan represents a compass that is used to guide and focus APNA’s future decision-making and ongoing operational work.

Focus:
One of the challenges that APNA faces is the fact that there is more it can do than it has resources to accomplish. Planning strategically is about identifying a limited number of goals that APNA must undertake in order to move successfully into the future.

Approach/Philosophy:
In defining APNA's strategic direction, the group identified changes needed to ensure that APNA stays relevant to psychiatric-mental health nursing. The strategic direction is a reminder, as the APNA Board of Directors oversees the development of the annual operational plan, of what must be changed to meet the needs of our members.

Updating the Strategic Plan:
The APNA Strategic Plan is the Board of Directors' working document. The Board of Directors ensures that it stays current, changing and updating the plan on an ongoing basis.