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APNA Strategic Direction

The APNA Strategic Direction 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.

Core Ideology

APNA’s core ideology is our reason for being and the essential and enduring principles that guide our behavior and actions.

To be the unifying voice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Core Values

To fulfill its current core ideology, APNA pursues and adheres to these core values:

  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Empowerment
  • Stewardship
  • Innovation
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration


  • Goal A. APNA will serve as the indispensable resource for member professional development, networking, and leadership.
  • Goal B. APNA will be the leader in creating and enhancing strategic alliances with diverse stakeholders to advance its mission.
  • Goal C. APNA will be recognized as the expert voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  • Goal D. APNA will be at the forefront of integrating research, practice, and education to address mental health issues that affect psychiatric-mental health nurses and the population served.

Long-term Envisioned Future

APNA will be the recognized leader in advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing to improve the mental health of the population.


Approved by APNA Board of Directors March 14, 2023.