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
Professor, McNeese State University
Co-Coordinator, Graduate Program /Director, PMHNP track Private Practice: PMHNP
- BSN - West Texas State University - 1978 Nursing
- MA - McNeese State University - 1988 Psychology
- MSN - McNeese State University - 2001 Nursing/FNP
- DNP - UTHSC - 2006 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- 2017 recipient of APNA Award for Excellence in Education
- Chair - Practice Council - 2017–present
- Chair - Scholarly Review Committee, 2012–2014 - assuring scientific content appropriate for all PMH Nurses at the annual conference; member 2009–2015
- Speaker at state and national levels on a variety of PMH topics to both PMH and non-PMH nurses at all levels
- Co-Chair - APRN Steering Committee (SC) 2013–2017
- Member Education Council SC, Graduate Education Branch
- APNA-representative for the National Task Force (NTF) assuring a voice is provided for all PMH-APRNs in faculty positions
- Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: reviewer
- Louisiana Chapter-President - 2010–2011 - organized our first state conference after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina
- I began as a mental health technician while in nursing school and instantly knew I had found my home in nursing. Through my 40+ year career I have been a staff-nurse, head-nurse, program-director, DON, therapist, state leader/advocate for PMH nursing and education at the RN/advance practice nursing levels.
- As a result of involvement on state/national levels, I closely monitor legislation affecting access to mental health care and advocate for local/state/national mental health initiatives
- I have advocated for awareness of PMH issues in all arenas of nursing in leadership positions as the president/board member Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, LA state representative AANP, multiple university committees and Sigma Theta Tau charter member.
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA is the voice for ALL PMH nurses. I am passionate about our work and my work has emphasized the PMH needs of those we care for and the needs of the psychiatric-mental health nurses at the forefront of health care. I wish to represent you in applying that expertise to further the organizational goals of APNA with thoughtful leadership at the national level. Through service on the APNA-NTF committees, work with AANP and the Louisiana APRN leadership positions, I have demonstrated my commitment and competence. My experience in inclusive leadership, education and practice at the all PMH nursing levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA board. PMH nursing is a strong and trusted voice for consumers of mental health services. APNA presents a powerful vehicle for promoting that voice and I have the skill set to enrich the board’s continued enhancement and distribution of that voice.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: Healthcare delivery MUST include the recognition of PMH in total health promotion and prevention. APNA’s membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, administration, therapy, education and collaboration in multiple environments, and I teach about them every day. We have the ability to shape the future through the resources that APNA offers. Please allow me to represent your voice in this journey.
Department Manager of Emergency Care Center ECDU
St. Joseph Hospital Orange
- M.S. Program in Nursing - June 2010
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
- Bachelor of Science - Health Care Management 1990
University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
- Nursing School - Registered Nurse -1984
Cypress College, Cypress, CA
- Associate of Science – Licensed Psychiatric Technology – 1979
Cypress College, Cypress, CA
- APNA Member Since 2004
- APNA Calif. Chapter President 2016–2017
- APNA Calif. Chapter Board of Directors 2010 To Present
- 2017 APNA Nominating Committee
- 2016 APNA Media Award
- Recovery to Practice (RTP) Facilitator
- APNA Practice Council Chair of Nurse Generalist Branch
- APNA Strategic Planning
- 2011 APNA Annual Conference Marketing and Promotions Chair
- 30 Years of experience as PMH BC nurse, educator, manager and consultant.
- Published in Peer Reviewed journals
- Past president of the Orange County Mental Health Association
- Member of Hospital Association Southern California
- Member of Sigma Theta Tau
- Member of ENA
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: APNA’s purpose is to be the voice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. My career has been spent promoting PMH nursing at the bedside. To accomplish this, I developed a new graduate residency program to enhance and promote our specialty. Through my building of a nurse led initiative and training program for law enforcement, we have provided guidance for officers to effectively interact with individuals experiencing mental health crisis in the field. The training program grows in acceptance and is being disseminated nationally and utilizing training videos. I created a nursing standardized protocol for managing agitation in my hospital emergency department and thus reduced restraint usage by over 55%. Providing best practices for nurses treating those individuals in psychiatric crisis with the utmost dignity and respect demonstrates the APNA purpose to improve mental health care for those we serve.
How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: If elected as President-Elect, I will bring my experience, passion and commitment to promoting APNA’s Mission and Goals. I will work closely with the team to shape the future of PMH nursing and health policies for the delivery of mental health services to all.