APNA Strategic Plan: Background Information

To help inform the strategic planning process, the Board of Directors reached out to the APNA Student Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students who were awarded scholarships to the Annual Conference. The Board invited them to participate in a collaborative project exploring four issues identified by the APNA membership as priorities: quality indicators, suicide prevention, seclusion and restraint, and workplace violence. The Scholars formed four workgroups, each focusing on one of these issues and supported by an advisor appointed by the Board. Each group conducted an environmental scan and submitted a report in February of 2012 sharing their findings. Click on the links below to view these reports.

The workgroups employed the APNA knowledge-based decision making process, which utilizes the following three questions:

  1. What do we know about the current environment related to (topic) and psychiatric nursing? (What's going on out there?)
  2. What do we know about PMH nurses' and stakeholder’s needs, wants and preferences related to (topic)?
  3. What are some of the ethical implications related to (topic)?


Quality Indicators Workgroup
Linda Cabage, FPMHNP-BC; Katherine Darling, DNP, FPMHNP/FNP-C, APRN; Aparna Kumar, BSN, MA, MPH; Nicole Rozek-Brodrick, APRN, RN, NP; Laura Withorne-Maloney, RN, MSN, CNP
Advisor: Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Quality Indicators Report


Seclusion & Restraint Workgroup
Danielle Bertram; Kristen Kichefski; Samantha Paradis; Charmaine Platon
Advisors: Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC; David Sharp, PhD, RN
Seclusion & Restraint Report


Suicide Prevention Workgroup
Becky Austin-Morris, APRN-BC, CDDN; Sandra Brooks, ARNP; Amanda Schuh, BSN, RN; Breanne Starks, RN, BSN; Mary Stolder
Advisor: Barbara Drew, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Suicide Prevention Report


Workplace Violence Workgroup
Tamara Cafaro, RN-C, BSN; Christina Jolley; Amy LaValla; Rebecca Schroeder, DNP, PMHNP
Advisor: R. John Repique, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Workplace Violence Report