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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.

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.

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 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.

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 .

Each year the Scholarly Review Committee members evaluate the submitted Annual Conference abstract proposals. These scores and comments are used to determine what pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations are given at the conference. 2016 Scholarly Review Committee Chair Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Associate Chair Brenda G.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The results are in! The APNA Education Council completed a survey of the membership, where each person indicated his/her level of interest in a variety of topics for future APNA continuing education programs. 751 people responded. Here are the results: Interesting results? Talk to each other about it! Log on to Member Bridge today and start a converstation! Education Council Members About the Education Council     Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join   .

Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC           2015-2016 Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN           2014-2015 Patricia D. Cunningham, DNSc, APRN, BC           2013-2014 Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS           2012-2013 Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC           2011-2012 Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA-BC           2010-2011 Mary D.


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.

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 2017 APNA Nominating Committee Carole Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN – Chair Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN-NP Jeannine Loucks, MSN, RN-BC PMH Diana McIntosh, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC – Ex Officio Kerry Peterson, PMHCNS, PMHNP Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures   .

The affairs of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association are governed by its Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to carry out the objectives and purposes of the association and to this end, the Board may exercise all powers of the association. The primary responsibility of a voluntary governance Board is to establish an organization’s mission, purpose, values, and direction.



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Registration Opens for APNA 31st Annual Conference
The APNA 31st Annual Conference offers invaluable networking opportunities, 100+ continuing education contact hours, and a full spectrum of psychiatric-mental health nursing topics.  |  View

Free CE of the Month: June 2017
Four sessions are available free of charge to APNA members through June 30th.  |  View

2017 Elections Open Now
Cast your vote by July 18 for the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.  |  View

PCSS-MAT Waiver Training Available Now
Free PCSS-MAT waiver training is now available for nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide: Call for Comments
The Joint Commission is seeking comments on its proposed revisions to the NPSG Related to Suicide for hospitals.  |  View

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the new APNA position paper on proactive health care policies to ease the burden of mental illness and substance use disorders.  |  View

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