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APNA Councils

Engage with thought leaders who share your interests in an aspect of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

A Council is a group of APNA members organized to enhance APNA’s mission and purpose through direct input to the Board of Directors on a psychiatric-mental health nursing area of focus defined by the board. Councils study and review issues pertinent to the council’s area of interest and expertise and make recommendations to the Board for the following:

Scroll down for a listing of APNA Councils and their leadership. To gain a better understanding of how councils operate in general, please see the APNA Council Toolkit.

APNA Councils

Connect with other APNA members on specialty topics by joining an APNA Council! Below is more information on each APNA council, including its chairs and Member Bridge community.

Addictions Council

The transformative/expert resource in advancing excellence in the prevention and treatment of substance use and addictive disorders. Learn More.
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Administrative Council

Fosters a vibrant community that facilitates collaboration and communication among psychiatric nurse administrators, serves as a clinical resource in achieving shared goals, and assists in the use of evidence-based practices and innovative systems for exceptional patient care. Learn More.
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Child & Adolescent Council

Works collaboratively to respond to questions or concerns about best practice, current policy, and procedures for providing care to children, adolescents, and their families. Learn More.
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Council for Mental Health Advocacy

The conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. Learn More.
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Council for Safe Environments

Provides an integrated structure designed to thoughtfully address issues that impact the safety of persons served as well as service providers. Learn More.
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Education Council

The central community for psychiatric-mental health nurse educators, meeting identified needs of APNA members who work in education and sharing innovative approaches to teaching at the prelicensure and graduate levels. Learn More.
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Practice Council

Provides a forum for the expression of the voices of RNs and APRNs regarding issues related to psychiatric-mental health nursing practice and provide input as needed to other councils with regards to administration, education, and research. Learn More.
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Recovery Council

The mission of the APNA Recovery Council is to empower psychiatric-mental health nurses to learn and utilize recovery practice techniques in their care. Learn More.
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Research Council

The Research Council supports collaboration, development, and dissemination of psychiatric-mental health nursing research and advances evidence-based practice as a core competency of PMH nurses. Learn More.
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