2019 APNA Annual Awards


The APNA Annual Awards recognize APNA members who demonstrate excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, education, research, leadership, community efforts, and more. This year's recipients will be recognized at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference, online, and in communications throughout the year.

Susie Adams

Nashville, TN
Psychiatric Nurse of the Year

"Susie is a visionary who tirelessly implements innovative solutions and develops programs with the goal of improving care for patients."

Marlene Nadler-Moodie

Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
San Diego, CA
Award for Distinguished Service

"Marlene has served APNA faithfully over the years... she is always willing to support efforts to develop resources and provide support for other members."

Diane Esposito

Diane H. Esposito, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC
Palm City, FL
Award for Excellence in Education

"Diane is an exceptional role model for all nurses, and especially psychiatric-mental health nurses who are involved with education."

APNA Kentucky Chapter

APNA Kentucky Chapter
Award for Innovation - Chapter

"APNA Kentucky Chapter members gained the perspective and insight from multiple viewpoints that ultimately empowers them with tools [for providing care to] this vulnerable population."

Joseph Giovannoni

Joseph Giovannoni, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN-RX
Honolulu, HI
Award for Innovation - Individual

"Dr. Giovannoni created a new evidence-based therapeutic intervention as well as a new collaborative model for delivering care to a forensic based population of caregivers and clients."

Matthew Tierney

Matthew Tierney, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FANP-BC, FAAN
San Francisco, CA
Award for Excellence in Leadership - APRN

"Matt continuously expands and improves any organizational and educational program he engages using his warm, engaging leadership style where all voices are welcome."

Brynne Calleran

Brynne Delaney Calleran, MSN, BSN, BS, NE-BC, IN/RN-BC, PMH/RN-BC 
Bronxville, NY
Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

"Brynne makes herself available to help units and interdisciplinary departments... she leads by example as engaged frontline advocate and team player."

Francine Pingitore

Francine Pingitore, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Johnston, RI
Award for Excellence in Practice - APRN

"Fran is an exemplary role model across our pediatric setting, where she serves as an expert clinician, facilitates growth of complex professional relationships, and provides compassionate debriefing."

Vanessa Barlow

Vanessa H. Barlow, MBA, BSN, RN
Alabaster, AL
Award for Excellence in Practice - RN

"To eliminate the need for restraint and or seclusion, Vanessa developed a de-escalation team for the purpose of being proactive before there is a need for the rapid response team."

Janet Ann York

Janet Ann York, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Charleston, SC
Award for Excellence in Research

"Dr. York has dedicated her life’s work to the study of suicide, and has been the principal investigator on several large scale projects focused upon youth survival and guidelines for school response to completed suicides."

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