A Message from the President
Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
“It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” Thomas Jefferson
This sizzling summer is flying by! On the heels of Independence Day, sharing a quote from a founding father seems appropriate and certainly relevant to us here at APNA. APNA has absolutely been “doing” - as usual, we are busy, busy, busy. Here is a little bit about what your association has been up to this summer:
First off, we just wrapped up the Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute and are gearing up for the Annual Conference. Our 10th annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) last month was a tremendous success, with record attendance and informative, timely educational offerings. These sessions will soon be available as podcasts in the APNA eLearning Center so if you weren’t able to join us at CPI, you’ll still be able to enjoy the content.
I hope that you are making plans to join us in Pittsburgh for our 26th Annual Conference. The program has an outstanding line-up, including a new full day psychotherapy preconference– something that many members have requested. Personally, I am very much looking forward to hearing from an abundance of new presenters this year, side by side with many returning favorites. Our “fighting stigma” theme has resounded with many of you - nowhere else will we have the opportunity to engage in such valuable dialogue with close to 1,500 psychiatric-mental health nurses.
Our councils are also working overtime. We continue to refine our structure for engaging our councils; we are putting into place new processes which ensure that they are more than just groups of members who share an interest, do some networking, and meet annually at a conference. As a part of our new process, councils in dialogue with the Board are being charged to investigate particular issues. In doing so, the councils will detail the pros, cons and implications of the various facets of these issues in a report to the Board of Directors. Through this work, members will be instilling their voices into the collective voice of APNA. The recent work by the Administrative Council on the position paper on staffing inpatient units is one example of this process in action. I am also excited to report that the Institute for Safe Environments (ISE) is ramping up to address the APNA strategic plan. Noting the plentiful threads on Member Bridge related to a variety of safety issues, we are looking forward to inviting the members of the ISE to provide input on some of these.
In addition to those engaged within APNA, many members represent our association on outside inter-organizational committees, task forces, and joint ventures. We continue to be present in the LACE Network, a gathering of more than forty nursing specialty organizations who study the issues of licensure, accreditation, certification, and education. Members of our Board of Directors represent our interests with other organizations as well. For example Member-at-Large Gail Stern will attend the upcoming National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Summit. In addition, Member-at-Large Susie Adams participates in the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF), which helps guide standards for education programs. Members of the Board of Directors are also working closely with HRSA/SAMHSA on PMH nursing workforce issues.
As for our chapters, in September we will be holding the first “Chapter Summit” meeting at the APNA National Office. Several current and former Chapter leaders will join a few active members from around the country, Board members, and our APNA team for an all day, in depth review of our Chapter system. The goal of this review is to develop recommendations on structure and processes that will help the chapters achieve their charge of advancing the mission of APNA at the local level. We look forward to sharing the outcomes with you in the future.
As we head into the heart of summer, it’s hard to believe that my term of office is more than half way done - whew, it’s been a whirlwind! I look forward to greeting and meeting you in November in Pittsburgh!