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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 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   .

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.

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, MSN, RN - Chair Kathy S.

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 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.

 May 2017 Dear Colleagues, Your participation is critical. Please exercise your right to vote for APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee members. For instructions on voting online, see the Steps to Vote.

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 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 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.




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Save 10% on Professional Liability Insurance with CPI
Attend 6 hours of approved Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute sessions to be eligible for a 10% non-cumulative credit to your base professional liability premium through NSO and HPSO.  |  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

Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
CPI, to be held June 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer up to 23 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Free CE of the Month: May 2017
Four sessions are available free of charge to APNA members through May 31st, and two additional sessions are available for Mental Health Month.  |  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