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The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. The Nominating Committee consists of the board appointed chair from APNA membership, one Board member appointed by the Board of Directors, one board appointee from the membership, and three members in good standing elected annually by ballot. The 2012 APNA Nominating Committee Grace Wlasowicz, PhD, RN, NPP - Chair Linda Copel, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE, NCC, FAPA Ramona Hoehler, MSN, PMHNP-BC Kevin McGirr, RN, MS, MPH R.


Implementation of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education APNA has endorsed the Consensus Model (CM) for APRN Regulation, which outlines a future plan for all of advanced practice nursing. The advantage of the CM is that it will provide greater consistency in licensure, accreditation, certification and education (LACE). We believe that this consistency will benefit advanced practice registered nurses in psychiatric-mental health (APRN-PMH) and, ultimately, the people whom we serve.

Task Forces: A task force is a body appointed by the Board of Directors to study a specific issue that has a global effect on psychiatric mental health nursing. A task force usually has a single objective in a short-lived image duration. Task Force on LACE Implementation Committees: Board Committees oversee a specific project or activity within APNA such as bylaws, finance, or the annual conference program.

The members of the Awards & Recognition Committee review both Annual Awards nominations and the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship applications.  Marian Farrell, PhD, PMH-NP, BC, CRNP – Chair Tina Aown, MSN, RN-BC, CNML Susan Archacki-Resnik, MSN, ARNP, FPMHNP-BC Nina Beaman, EdD, MSN, RN-BC (PMH) Keitha Beamer, CNS, MSN, RN, CNS,BC, CARN-AP Marsha Bennett, DNS, APRN, ACRN Robert Billman, RN, BSN Janet Collins, PMHNP-CS, BC Fernand De Los Reyes, RN, MA, QDCP Jo Deaton, MS, APRN/PMH-BC, CDNC Mary Dubriel, RN Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC J. Carol Elliott, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC Carol Essenmacher, MSN, CNS, C-TTS Jeanne Florio, RN, MS,  APRN, BC Vanessa Genung, PhD, RN, PMH-NP-BC, LCSW-ACP, LMFT, LCDC Constance Green, RN, MS, NPP Elaine Greggo, PMHCNS, BC Sharon Hancharik, EdD, RN Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, FAAN Peggy (Margaret) Hernandez, EdD APRN CNE Rebecca Horn, RN, MSN Judith Jarosinski, PhD, RN, CNE Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Joan Kearney, PhD, APRN-BC Michelle Kolp, BSN, MSN, RN-BC Brenda Kucirka, PhD(c), RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE Kathleen Lehmann, RN-BC PMHN, Ed.

Tobacco Dependence Branch Community   APNA members must log in to view members only content.   Tobacco Dependence: Failure to Act = Harm The time to act is now. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association formed a Tobacco Dependence Task Force (now a branch of the Addictions Council), held a summit, created a partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and set a target to increase by 5% every year the 61% of psychiatric nurses surveyed who refer (assist) smokers to treatment and the 29% who provide an intensive intervention.

Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Member Bridge Communities IMHA Advisory Panel IMHA Steering Committee Want to get involved? Join the Institute on Member Bridge! How to join Vision The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is the conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. The Institute works to inform PMHN nurses about these issues and help coordinate organizational responses. Functions Provides oversight of and support for the IMHA Steering Committee and Advisory Panel Facilitates Policy Forums for expert information provided to members and non-members Disseminates information to APNA and IMHA members regarding advocacy issues and updates on essential resources Solicits input from APNA members regarding advocacy issues Reports IMHA activities at the APNA Annual Conference Structure Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors.

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice Member Profiles By Member Name Amar, Angela Baltazar, Katherine Beckhet, Abir Blair, Ellen Brammer, Sue Bryan, Tami; Buccola, Nancy; Rosedale, Mary Chabora, Nidhi Cadigan, Darlene Corte, Colleen Crossett, Linda Griffey, Joseph Halter, Peggy Hanrahan, Nancy Hill-Curran, Lyndsay Holshoe, Joseph J.M. Katula, Sarah Katz, Sharon Kelly, Ann Knode, Dale Kolbert, Valerie Lambert, Kris Laraia, Michelle Naegle, Madeline Oakley, Linda Polacek, Michael Stacciarini, Jean Marie Staten, Ruth Stuart, Gail Sund, Marie Talley, Sandra; Wolfe, Barbara; Simmons-Alling, Susan; Boyd, Mary Ann; Warren, Barbara; Stevens, Georgia Tebaldi, Christine Valentine, Nancy Wilbur, Suzane Zauszniewski, Jaclene By APNA News Edition May 2015 January 2015 November 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 December 2013 October 2013 August 2013 June 2013 April 2013 February 2013 December 2012 September 2012 July 2012 May 2012 March 2012 January 2012 November 2011 September 2011 July 2011 May 2011 March 2011 January 2011 November 2010 September 2010 July 2010 March 2010 July 2009   .

Chair Julie Carbray, PhD, APN, BC Committee Kim Cox, MSN, RN, CNSCDR Joseph M. Holshoe, MSN, PMHNP-BCBarbara Limandri, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC Christian Teter, PharmD, BCPP - Consultant Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, BC Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, PMHCNS-BC  

Administrative Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee Health IT & Informatics Workgroup APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Mission Statement It is the mission of the APNA Administrative Council to facilitate collaboration and communication among psychiatric nurse administrators, to serve as a clinical resource in achieving shared goals, and to assist in the use of evidence-based practices and innovative systems for exceptional patient care.   Vision Statement The APNA Administrative Council will serve as an association of psychiatric nurse administrators in providing support, clinical resources, and communications in order to build a vibrant coalition of leadership, guidance and partnership.

Advanced Practice Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Mission Statement The mission of the APNA APRN Council is to unify the voices of and advocate for Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses regarding issues related to practice, education, administration, and research.   Objectives: Respond in a timely manner to issues related to practice, education, administration, and research that affect the PMH-APRN.

Forensic Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members What does the Forensic Psychiatric Nurses Council do? Serves as a network and resource for APNA members who are working with victims, offenders, and their family members. Provides expertise to advise the APNA board on matters relating to all aspects of forensic psychiatric nursing, addressing mental health issues as they collide with the criminal justice system.

Research Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members The Research Council recognizes the need to develop an infrastructure to support APNA collaboration, development, and dissemination of psychiatric nursing research and to advance evidence-based practice as a core competency of professional psychiatric nurses.  The Research Council’s Strategic Plan is consistent with the APNA Strategic Direction, Goal I: To develop and disseminate knowledge to advance evidence-based psychiatric mental health practice.

The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. The Nominating Committee consists of the board appointed chair from APNA membership, one Board member appointed by the Board of Directors, one board appointee from the membership, and three members in good standing elected annually by ballot. The 2016 APNA Nominating Committee Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC Kathryn Brotzge, MSN, APRN - Chair Jean Fisak, PMHCNS-BC Kathleen Lehmann, EdD(c), RN-BC PMHN, EdS, MEd, BSN, BA Karen Pounds, PhD, APRN, BC Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures   .

An institute provides direct input to the Board of Directors through the Office of the President on an assigned psychiatric-mental health nursing issue that spans virtually all aspects of the profession. It is similar to a task force except that its mission may require several years to complete, while a task force generally completes its work in about a year. The purpose of an institute is to utilize membership expertise in the development of programs and services aimed at addressing the institute's main focus through a series of chaired workgroups.

Get involved & Connect APNA's most valuable asset is You Member involvement is what shapes and drives APNA. Here are ways that you can get involved and join nurses from all over in advancing and advocating for psychiatric-mental health nursing: Committees, Institutes, & Councils APNA members play a key role in the organization's direction and policies through their involvement in its institutes, councils, committees, and task forces. Board of Directors   Institutes   Councils   Committees & Task Forces   How to Join a Committee   Committees on Member Bridge   Chapters You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.

The APNF Grant Review Committee evaluates research proposals submitted by APNA members.  Priority for funding is based upon the project’s scientific merit, potential for knowledge development, and relevance to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.  Click here for more information about the grant itself.

Click on the links below to view the responsibilities and qualifications of each leadership position currently open within APNA: President-Elect, APNA Board of Directors Secretary, APNA Board of Directors Member at Large, APNA Board of Directors Nominating Committee Member   Click here to download a pdf file of the APNA Bylaws.

Child and Adolescent Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Goals The APNA Child and Adolescent Council will work collaboratively to respond to membership's questions or concerns about best practice, current policy and procedures. The council will advise the board on all things child and adolescent, acknowledge APNA members who are positive role models for Child & Adolescent nursing practice and identify avenues for APNA to provide and maintain a strong national presence.

RN-PMH Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Mission Statement It is the mission of the APNA RN-PMH Council to identify issues, gather pertinent information to better understand these issues, and develop recommendations to the Board of Directors on projects or positions that APNA should undertake.   Goals To represent the identity and voice of the Psychiatric Mental Health Staff Nurse, the RN-PMH Council will: Implement the processes and procedures necessary to carry out the role, mission and vision of the Council Establish Council project priorities based on the survey of psychiatric nurses conducted earlier this year Establish a Steering Committee to organize and facilitate the work necessary to address targeted priorities Establish Working Committees and identify Advisory Panel members, as necessary, to work on specific priorities Work collaboratively with the other APNA Councils and as part of the Inner Council Task Force to represent the RN-PMH Identify and submit RN-PMH Council Members for consideration and membership on the APNA Rapid Response Team .



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Tobacco Dependence Resources
Updated expert-vetted online resources from the Tobacco Dependence Branch of the APNA Addictions Council.  |  View

2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
This report speaks to key APNA activities from the past year. |  View

New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
The no cost educational sessions were designed to support nurses in all fields as they address the opioid use epidemic. |  View

New Resources on Violence Prevention
New toolkit and position paper to support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their violence prevention efforts. |  View

Annual Conference Sessions Now Available Online
Podcast recordings of 63 sessions presented at the APNA 29th Annual Conference are now available online for CE. |  View

APNA Joins White House Effort to Address Opioid Misuse and Overdose Epidemic in Communities across Nation
The effort seeks to train health care providers, improve access to treatment, and raise awareness of the risks of prescription drug misuse.  |  View