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Chairs Diane E. Allen MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC - Chair Richard Ray, MS, RN, PMH-BC – Associate Chair   Vision 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.   Goals Identify issues related to safe environments Explore current evidence related to issues Recommend strategies to promote safe, evidence-based, best practices Institute for Safe Environments Members   View the ISE's Key Components/Elements of a "Safe" Environment Institute for Safe Environments Member Bridge Communities   ISE Advisory Panel   ISE Steering Committee Want to get involved? Join the ISE on Member Bridge! How to join .

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.

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   .

 May 2016 Dear Colleagues, When we started this year’s nomination & elections process, we told you that participating made you a part of something BIG.  Your influence gets even bigger when you cast your vote for one of the outstanding leaders on this year’s ballot. During the next sixty days, I hope that you will join the other 10,500 APNA members in voting for someone from a field of excellent candidates.

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.

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: Limited Time Calls for Action Get involved with APNA with these limited time calls for action: APNA Board of Directors Call for Nominations: Submit a nomination by April 17 APNA Annual Awards: Submit a nomination by April 18 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship: Apply by May 8 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.




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Celebrate Excellence with the APNA Annual Awards
Recognize a colleague for their commitment to psychiatric-mental health nursing with an APNA Annual Award by April 18.  |  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

Now Accepting Applications: APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Help us find up to 30 exceptional graduate and undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students to receive the 2017 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship!  |  View

APNA 2017 Call for Nominations
Submit a nomination for the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee by April 17, 2017.   |  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 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Free CE: February 14 - March 15
Nearly all sessions in the APNA eLearning Center will be free of cost for members beginning February 14.  |  View

Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
APNA and PCSS-MAT have partnered to provide no cost MAT waiver training to nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

APNA Research Grants: Now Accepting Proposals
APNA is seeking research proposals from new nurse researchers to be awarded funding between $1,000 and $10,000.   |  View

APNA 31st Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open
Submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at this fall's conference in Phoenix. |  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