APNA New Member Interview:
This month, we asked a brand new APNA member to share a little bit about herself and her perspectives as a psychiatric-mental health nursing student at the start of her career. Meet Marie Sund, RN-PHN, a new student member of APNA. Marie will graduate this July from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and enjoys writing in her spare time.
 
Where are you in your psychiatric-mental health nursing career?
I have worked as a Registered Nurse since 2008 in a variety of settings but found my passion in psychiatric nursing in the last 3 years. I will graduate in July of 2014 with my DNP-PMHNP (lifespan).
 
Where do you want to go from here?
My first and foremost goal is to become a PMHNP. I enjoy working with clients who have diverse sets of needs. I have met with clients with severe and persistent mental illness, with complex physical and mental health issues, with clients who are intellectually disabled or mentally ill and dangerous, along with the child and adolescent population. I also have lived in Southeast Asia and can speak Thai/Lao and the Hmong languages and enjoy working with this population.
 
Why do you write?
I write mostly for myself as a coping mechanism and reflective practice. I think it is related usually to my one-on-one interactions with clients and how we connect in the context of their mental illness and my role as a provider.
 
What inspires you?
I am inspired by trying to understand what mental illness is like from the perspective of the client.  I am inspired by how uniquely different our brains work, even though we share a common thread of being human.
 
Why did you join APNA?
I joined this year because I am completing my DNP PMHNP degree in July.  And to be honest, I joined because I was interested in the organization and realized it's very cheap to join as a student
 
Is there anything else you’d like fellow APNA members to know?
I am currently figuring out where my path will take me after I graduate.  So, if you are reading this and have any tips or advice for me, please do not hesitate to contact me!
 
As a reminder to all of our student members, the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship application deadline is Monday, May 12th. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the field and possible paths to pursue within the profession, make connections to help with your career search, and get advice from respected leaders in psychiatric mental health nursing! Learn More & Apply