President-Elect Candidates

This position is responsible for assisting the president and overseeing other duties as assigned by the president or the board. In the absence of the president, the president-elect performs the duties of the president, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the president. The president-elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as president.  Full Description

Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Linda BeeberPresent Position
The Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1968 BS in Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University ; 1970 MA in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, New York University; 1988 PhD in Nursing, University of Rochester; 1998 Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Nursing, The University of Pennsylvania

APNA Contributions

  • Member, 2002 APNA-ISPN Unification Task Force
  • Chair, Research Council 2004-2007
  • Co-Chair, Research Council 2007-present
  • Chair, 2005 JAPNA Editor Search Committee
  • Member, 2015 JAPNA Editor Search Committee
  • JAPNA Editorial Board 2006-present
  • APNA Representative to NIMH & NINR Roundtables; National Academy of Medicine Psychosocial Interventions Task Force Report

Other Experience

  • Co-Chair, American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Psychiatric Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing
  • ANA Task Force on Psychopharmacology Practice
  • NIH Scientific Review Panels
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society, Executive Board; Chair, Cultural Diversity Special Interest Group
  • Agency for Health Care Policy Consultant on Social Support and Depression

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am an experienced leader who believes that there are no limits to the collective ingenuity, creativity and strength of PMH nurses. In 1990, I stopped saying “schizophrenic,” “borderline,” and “alcoholic,” replacing these deeply engrained terms with “people with a diagnosis of..” and “people managing the symptoms of…” Though I still struggle, I keep trying to use language that says, “nurses put people at the center of the healthcare equation.” I believe that every psychiatric-mental health nurse looks past the mental illness or addiction, finds the person, and partners with them to find optimal health and quality of life. Currently, we have exciting opportunities to stop merely improving care and, instead, start forging a new standard of EXQUISITE care and quality of life for people with mental illness and substance abuse diagnoses: the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers cover mental health and substance abuse treatment as fully as physical illnesses and reimburse for preventative intervention; insurers are asking for evidence of psychosocial intervention effectiveness; and PMH nurses are needed to integrate behavioral health into primary healthcare. I bring energy, leadership experience, belief in the strength of diversity and an inclusive leadership style to key decisions. These qualities are needed to fully engage APNA members and to collectively use the powerful educational and scientific resources of APNA to insure that people are truly at the center of these sweeping healthcare changes.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I have listened deeply to APNA members and cherished their contributions as they provided care in many different settings, generated knowledge, tested practice innovations and educated the next generation of PMH nurses. Our diverse and representative practice community gives APNA the power to promote PMH nursing values and practice standards in mental health and addiction care. If elected, I will champion new practice-relevant educational and scientific resources, networking and mentoring infrastructures, and nurturing communities that serve the unique and emerging needs of all APNA members. I will promote new ways to engage APNA members in developing to their fullest professional potential and work tirelessly with APNA members to assure that individuals, families and communities benefit from the current changes in healthcare.

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