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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.

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 Co-Chairs Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN-BC Suzie Marriott, MS, BSN, RN Administrative Council for APNA Members*   Child & Adolescent Council Co-Chairs Kathleen C.

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.

Mission Statement The mission of the APNA Practice Council is to unify the voices of and advocate for Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses and Registered Nurses regarding issues related to practice, education, administration, and research. The APNA Practice Council has two branches, one focusing on RN practice and one focusing on RN practice.   PRACTICE Council members recognize current issues facing PMH-APRNs and PMH-RNS and will continue to: Monitor and advocate for the care of the mentally ill in any setting, meeting the acuity of the patient with expertise of the care delivered.

Chair Julie A. Carbray PhD, FPMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APN Committee Kim G. Cox, PhD, RN CDR Joseph M.

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 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 2018 APNA Nominating Committee Bethany Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS – Chair Susan Brammer, PhD, RN Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC Barbara Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Kris McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CADC-ll, FAAN – Ex Officio Cindy Parsons, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAANP Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures   .

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 Treasurer, APNA Board of Directors Member-at-Large, APNA Board of Directors Nominating Committee   Click here to view the APNA Bylaws.




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Call for Nominations: APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
Submit a nomination for President-Elect, Treasurer, Member-at-Large, or the 2019 Nominating Committee by May 21.  |  View

Scholarship Available: APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
Apply for the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship to receive registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA Annual Conference and one year complimentary membership in APNA. |  View

Earn 20+ Contact Hours in Pharmacology
Register now for the 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute this June in Baltimore, MD. | View

Apply Now for the APNA Research Grant
New psychiatric-mental health nurse researchers are encouraged to apply for $1,000-$10,000 grants. |  View

Free CE of the Month: April 2018
Four free sessions are available to APNA members through April 30th.  |  View

Share your Superhero Story
Tell APNA about your experiences as a psychiatric-mental health nurse to be highlighted in newsletters, social media, posts, and the website.  |  View

Incident in Utah: Honoring Nurse Wubbels and Taking Action
APNA stands in support of Nurse Wubbels, the American Nurses Association, and the Utah Nurses Association.  |  View

Violence Prevention & Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Support violence prevention efforts with the free Violence Prevention Toolkit. |  View

New APNA Career Center Launched
The recently upgraded career center features tools to tailor the job seeking experience. |  View

Just Upgraded: APNA eLearning Center
It is now even easier to use the APNA eLearning Center to find, download, and track the continuing education nurses need.  |  View

APNA Elections Results
The newest members of the APNA Board of Directors and the 2018 Nominating Committee have been selected.  |  View

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

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the 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

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