> APNA Member Involvement
Councils are comprised of a group of members with similar interests in an aspect of psychiatric mental health nursing not addressed elsewhere within APNA. Councils are approved by and report to the APNA Board of Directors. Council chairs will study and review issues pertinent to the council's area of interest and expertise and make recommendations to the Board for the following:
• Position or policy statements
• New programs or activities
• Committee or task force membership
Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC - Chair
Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS - Associate Chair
Addictions Council for APNA Members*
Avni Cirpili, MSN, RN - Chair
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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
Committees & Task Forces
How to Join a Committee
Committees on Member Bridge
You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.
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.
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 2015 APNA Nominating Committee
Ruth "Topsy" Staten, PhD, ARNP-CS-NP- Chair
Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD
Brenda Marshall, EdD, NP-BC
James McDaniel, EdD, PMHNP-BC, ARNP, MBA
Jeff Ramirez, PhD, PMH-NP, ARNP
Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, APRN-BC (ex-officio)
Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures
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
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.
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
Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors.
Patricia D. Cunningham, DNSc, APRN, BC
Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS
Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA-BC
APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
By Member Name
Bryan, Tami; Buccola, Nancy; Rosedale, Mary
Stacciarini, Jean Marie
Talley, Sandra; Wolfe, Barbara; Simmons-Alling, Susan; Boyd, Mary Ann; Warren, Barbara; Stevens, Georgia
By APNA News Edition
Diane E. Allen MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Kathleen R. Delaney PhD, PMH-NP, RN
The Institute for Safe Environments (ISE) provides an integrated structure designed to thoughtfully address issues that impact the safety of persons served as well as service providers.
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