Policy Statement: APNA Position Paper (White Paper) Process and Guidelines
Position papers state positions officially endorsed by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as authorized by the Board of Directors and are intended to advance the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Position papers discuss issues in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing of vital interest to the public and to the membership at large. A position paper will discuss not only the majority opinion about its subject but also a range of accepted (mainstream) minority opinions.
APNA Brand: APNA will have an identity of excellence and representational effectiveness (best advocate).
To be successful, APNA will support this brand through:
Developing overall operational excellence
Maintaining membership loyalty and intimacy
Providing leading edge programs, services and products
Commitment to our members:
Develop strategic alliances, coalitions and relationships with a variety of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations to advance psychiatric-mental health nursing.
Maintain personalized relationships with key decision-makers in government, NGO and other professional healthcare organizations.
BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
(Adopted September 2006)
ARTICLE I: NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION
The name of the Association shall be the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereinafter “APNA” or “Association”).
ARTICLE II: PURPOSES
Section 1. (a) APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services; (b) to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “IRC”), as well as governmental units and other nonprofit organizations, that promote and further the purposes described in this Section 1 above; and (c) to exercise any other powers conferred upon Associations organized pursuant to the provisions of the Delaware General Association Law, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).
The APNA Strategic Plan
The APNA Strategic Plan guides the Board of Directors in governance of the association. It focuses their strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. It is a working document, informed by feedback from councils, chapters, and the membership, that undergoes revision and renewal every three years to ensure its relevance.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
The APNA Strategic Long-Range Plan
Long-Range Strategic Planning Horizon
Strategic Long-Range Goals
Terms of Service
Did you know that APNA is the largest psychiatric-mental health nursing membership organization, with more than 40 chapters nationally and internationally? The Association represents more than 9,000 psychiatric-mental health nurses who are at all levels of education from basic to doctoral, and work in a wide variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, research, education, administration, clinical, private practice, military, and forensic. APNA also has membership for full-time students and retired registered nurses. APNA is an independent organization.
APNA Member Involvement: APNA's most valuable asset is its members!
Member involvement is what shapes and drives APNA. Here are ways that you can get involved and join psychiatric mental health nurses from all over in advancing and advocating for your profession:
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.
Each year APNA provides its members with a report on the status and happenings of the association, which is distributed in hard copy at the Annual Conference. This document contains financial reports, Chapter activity, Council and Task Force activity, and more. Click on one of the links below to view the Annual Activity Report from that year.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereafter 'APNA') respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its web site. APNA strongly believes that if online activities and electronic commerce are to continue to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, APNA has implemented the following policy.
APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
Messages from the President
Patricia D. Cunningham, DNSc, APRN, BC
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Through APNA, our more than 8,800 members are connected with a dynamic community of psychiatric mental health nurses, exceptional resources and programs, and opportunities to advance the PMH nursing profession.
Continuing Education & Professional Growth
Enhance your PMH nursing knowledge with APNA’s more than 220 online continuing education sessions offering up to 217.25 contact hours - use your member bonus points to access this content in the APNA eLearning Center at little to no cost.
APNA’s Five-Year Goals
Goal A. APNA will be the indispensible resource for member networking and leadership and professional development.
APNA’s Long-term Envisioned Future (10+ years)
APNA will be the recognized leader in advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing to improve the mental health of the population.
What the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession and APNA will look like when our envision future is achieved.
Psychiatric-mental health nursing:
PMH nurses at all levels will be delivering evidence-based care.
About the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: An Introduction
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing 28 years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
APNA is guided by a strategic plan formulated by the Board of Directors and informed by the membership.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Proposed APRN Compact Model Legislation
A February 2014 letter which synthesizes comments received from APNA members and councils on the new proposed APRN Compact Model Legislation from NCSBN.
American Nurses Association Position Paper on Seclusion and Restraint
This organizational response, sent to the American Nurses Association on November 8, 2011, incorporates feedback from APNA members, councils, and the Board of Directors on ANA's position paper regarding seclusion and restraint.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed rule on Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
This organizational response, submitted to CMS in August 2011, incorporates feedback from APNA's members, councils, and Board of Directors.
Become an APNA member and get involved today! Upon joining, members are automatically assigned to a chapter based on the member's state of residence.
Use Member Bridge to connect with your local community. If you are not familiar with our members-only networking site, click here for an introduction.
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