APNA Member Profile
Lyndsay Hill-Curran,
APRN,PMHCNS-BC

Earlier this month Lyndsay Hill-Curran enjoyed a special Indianapolis Colts game. Nominated by her husband to receive recognition from the Colts Angels Anthem Program, Lyndsay was recognized on field for her extensive involvement in the community, which includes serving as President of the APNA Indiana Chapter this past year as well as volunteering weekly at the Indiana Women's Prison. It was the perfect way to honor an avid Colts fan for her extensive community service! "I am a huge fan," she says, "my husband introduced me to them about 5 years ago and we have been fortunate to have season tickets."

On top of working as a full time assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Hill-Curran prescribes for a community mental health center, and covers consultations at St. Vincent Health when needed. "I never really have a typical day," she says. "What I enjoy most is the diversity of nursing - everyday is challenging and everyday I am given the opportunity to educate and help reduce the stigma of mental illness."

She is committed to psychiatric nursing and sees community involvement as "a way to help our profession reduce the stigma of mental illness and provide much needed support." Five years ago she became involved with the Indiana Women's Prison during her Psych CNS Master's program as a part of her clinicals. She now volunteers on the "Wee Ones unit," where some of the pregnant mothers and ten babies are housed. "The program allows non-violent criminals to keep their children up to a year and a half prior to their release," she explains. "My favorite part of the program is offering hope and focusing on gratitude with a population that is often underserved or forgotten. Most of these women have substance dependence issues and need positive role models to help with their recovery."

How does Hill-Curran keep so many balls in the air? "I am lucky to have a wonderful support system including family, friends, and colleagues," she says. "I also have many hobbies including my pets, a bowling league, and supporting my Colts! I am energized by my students and clients, my work provides me with joy and peace.  My grandmother used to say to me, 'to whom much is given from much is expected.'"

Hill-Curran sees a bright outlook for psychiatric-mental health nursing in Indiana: "In Indiana we are lucky to have such a great network of psychiatric mental health nurses," she says.  "Indiana has a national board member in Leslie Oleck, who is a great support and advocate for all PMH nurses on a national level. We are also lucky to have  Sara Horton-Deutsch who is diligently working on the transitioning from CNS role," she adds. She acknowledges that these "changes are challenging" but notes that "they are nothing in comparison to the challenges of the mentally ill."The APNA IN-Chapter is active and growing - they just held an Annual Conference in September and they are thrilled to be hosting the APNA 28th Annual Conference in 2014. "We cannot wait to show the membership what Indiana has to offer!" she says.