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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.

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.

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.

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   Addictions Council Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC - Chair Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS - Associate Chair Addictions Council for APNA Members*   Administrative Council Avni Cirpili, DNP, RN - Chair Administrative Council for APNA Members*   APRN Council Sattaria Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP - Chair Kathryn Johnson, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC - Co-Chair APRN Council for APNA Members*   Child & Adolescent Council Julie A.

2017 Elections Results     May 2017 Dear Colleagues, The polls are now closed. Thank you for casting your vote! For instructions on voting online, see the Steps to Vote. All ballots must be postmarked or electronically filed no later than July 18, 2017 to be considered valid.

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-PMHNBC, MSN-CPHCNS, MA Jo Deaton, MS, APRN/PMH-BC, CDNC Barbara Drew, PhD, PMHCNS-BC Mary Dubriel, RN Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC J. Carol Elliott, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC Carol Essenmacher, MSN, CNS, C-TTS Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA, BC 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 Carol Lang, DHSci, MSN, RN Kathleen Lehmann, RN-BC PMHN, Ed.

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.

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. 2017 Scholarly Review Committee Chair Brenda G.




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APNA Elections Results
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