The APNA Secretary is responsible for corporate records and taking meeting minutes during official meetings of the APNA Board of Directors. During the past year, the Board of Directors conducted face-to-face meetings on November 6, 2012, February 22-23, 2013, and June 19-20, 2013. Conference calls were held on December 11, 2012, January 8, 2013, February 5, 2013, March 12, 2013, April 9, 2013, May 14, 2013, June 11, 2013, July 9, 2013, August 13, 2013, and September 10, 2013.
Membership has increased since the last activity report. Based on dues revenue collected from January 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013, there has been an increase of 6.4% over the same period last year. Current membership as of September 30, 2013 is 8,887. New members from September 16, 2012 to September 15, 2013 are 2,486, and is an increase over the same period a year ago of 7.9%.
During the past year, the website has continued to help APNA serve as your resource for psychiatric mental health nursing. Visits to the site are up 16% (414,795), with visitors viewing 10.1% more pages than last year. The newsfeed page continues to be updated in order to show the stream of all APNA activities in one place and the APNA Resource Center is constantly expanding. Over the past year the eLearning Center has had 50,761 visits (a whopping 50% increase over the previous year) with a total of 19,360 orders since its launch in March of 2011. For more details on the website’s top content, top traffic sources, etc., see the full report in the Appendix.
APNA has continued to issue press releases to increase its visibility. Eleven releases have been sent out over the past year. This engendered 524,086 online impressions or number of times the press release was seen on a website or via a newsfeed. Press releases represent an excellent way for APNA to inform the public at large of psychiatric-mental health nursing issues and to advocate for mental health.
Our members-only networking site Member Bridge continues to grow in scope and utility for the members. Unique visits to the site have increased by 15% as compared to the previous year with 45,251 total visits. 5,085 eGroup posts have been written in more than 300 communities. In the All-Purpose Discussion Forum alone, 2,074 messages have been posted. Through this forum, APNA councils and leadership are able to learn what topics are important to the membership and further their work in those areas. APNA also shares content and information via several social networking sites: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. A new widget on the APNA website allows visitors to share content to their social networks from any page on the site. For more detailed statistics on the use of Member Bridge and our other social networking sites, see the full report in the Appendix.
APNA continues to reach the membership and the greater public through as many communication avenues as possible.
Diane M. Wieland, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
American Psychiatric Nurses Association