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APNA Member-At-Large Position Description


Board members-at-large serve one three-year term.


The duties of Board members-at-large are to:

  • Lead the profession and specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Ensure effective and accountable governance
  • Serve as financial stewards
  • Provide responsible oversight of the association
  • Demonstrate personal leadership
  • Maintain a current knowledge of global trends and developments influencing APNA and all APNA programs, products and services
  • Represent the association as required
  • Model the partnership philosophy between board and staff
  • Exercise sound business judgment.
  • Demonstrate competent and accountable leadership and ensuring leadership continuity
  • Mentor and prepare prospective leaders
  • Avoid conflicts of interest and promptly notify the executive director if a potential conflict arises


  • Must be a voting member in good standing for at least one year immediately prior to assuming office
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and previous APNA volunteer leadership service are preferred
  • Willingness to commit the time and skills necessary to fulfill the expectations of the role
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for personal performance
  • Availability to travel to APNA board meetings, annual conference and other meetings as may be required.
  • Knowledge about global trends and issues influencing the association and the association’s programs, projects and services
  • Experience with strategic planning and budgeting
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills
  • Participative leadership style
  • Demonstrated problem solving and ethical decision-making experience
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Ability to work with diverse styles and personalities and facilitate teamwork and consensus
  • Works well under pressure and is good on his/her feet
  • Experience mentoring future leaders