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May 2011 APNA Member Profile Darlene Cadigan, RN Recipient of the New Jersey Chapter's Psychiatric Nurse Recognition Award APNA New Jersey Chapter President Ben Evans & Darlene Cadigan. This month we would like to welcome a brand new APNA member and highlight the unique way she came to join APNA. Darlene Cadigan, RN, a New Jersey native, has been in nursing for over 30 years.

A Meeting of the Minds in California “It was a good day to be a psych nurse,” says California Chapter President Jolie Browar of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Minds. On May 10th over 1100 mental health professionals and consumers gathered in Orange County for this conference. The Meeting of the Minds works to promote community awareness and improve the quality of life for mental health consumers.

Minnesota 2010 Award for Innovation ~ Chapter “I want to be an advocate for those with mental health, behavioral, and chemical dependency issues,” wrote Arkady Millard, this year's recipient of the Minnesota Chapter’s Student Scholarship. “I want to create awareness of these issues that many individuals face, and break down the barriers that exist that prevent them from seeking treatment.” Members at their Chapter Meeting In order to encourage nursing students to enter the field of psychiatric nursing, the Minnesota Chapter recently instituted a yearly scholarship to its annual conference.

Become an APNA member and get involved today!  Upon joining, members are automatically assigned to a chapter based on the member's state of residence.  Use Member Bridge to connect with your local community.  If you are not familiar with our members-only networking site, click here for an introduction.

  Member Bridge Community  |  Chapter Index chaptersupport@apna.org   Welcome to your Chapter Toolkit! We have collected a variety of resources that can support your efforts as an APNA Chapter leader. As an APNA leader, you have volunteered your time to help us move our profession forward and ensure that everyone in the organization has an opportunity to participate.



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