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 in person at the APNA 31st Annual Conference, online and in communications throughout the year.

Jaclene Zauszniewski

Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Cleveland, OH
Psychiatric Nurse of the Year

"[Dr. Zauszniewski] continues to help improve the human condition through her research, practice, and public policy work. The scope of [her] influence on nursing research and practice is remarkable."

Cheryl Puntil

Cheryl Puntil, MN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Kamuela, HI
Award for Distinguished Service

"Through [Cheryl's] vision, determination, and perseverance, the APNA suicide competencies initiative became a reality and an exemplar, continues to expand, and addresses both a major national public health problem and gap in nursing education."

Tari Dilks

Sattaria "Tari" Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Lake Charles, LA
Award for Excellence in Education

"Tari has a gift for helping students, colleagues, and clients grow personally and professionally through her extraordinary gift of interpersonal presence and expanding others’ capacity to 'see themselves' and choose more adaptive ways of being."

Richard Ray, MS, RN, PMH-BC
Skokie, IL
Award for Excellence in Innovation - Individual

"Richard's passion for patient and staff safety makes him stand out in his profession...he is leading members in further exploration of innovative assessment and monitoring practices to improve care and increase safety."

Lora Peppard

Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Springfield, VA
Award for Excellence in Leadership - APRN

"Peppard has gracefully enhanced the image of professional psychiatric nursing as she leads and empowers many in her practice through innovative programs for underserved, military, and serious mental illness populations."

Marybeth McManus, MPA, BSN, RN-BC
Port Washington, NY
Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

"There aren’t enough words to describe the transformational, forward thinking, and caring leadership Marybeth McManus provides to nurses, and the countless patient lives she has touched."

Julie Worley

Julie Worley, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Chicago, IL
Award for Excellence in Practice - APRN

"[Julie's] practice brings integrated mental health and substance use care to a new level...she continues her commitment to disseminate practice models and knowledge around integrated substance use and mental health care.."

Aimee-Lynn Sheltry

Aimee-Lynn Sheltry, BSN, RN-BC
Belmont, NH
Award for Excellence in Practice - RN

"She has embraced a relationship-based, trauma-informed and recovery-oriented philosophy of care and suggested numerous changes in practice that have made a positive difference in the lives of the children and adolescents who have received her care."


Jill Bormann

Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
San Diego, CA
Award for Excellence in Research

"In addition to touching lives, she has captured empirical outcomes...Jill has endless passion and heartfelt commitment to continue to disseminate the power of her work."


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