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 18, 2012, the APNA Board of Directors, the editor of JAPNA, and senior APNA staff met to develop a new long-term strategic plan for the next five years. 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.

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.

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.

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.