Member-at-Large Candidates

Vote NowA member at-large's duties include ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity. Full Description

Two candidates for one seat:


Diane AllenDiane E. Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE

Present Position
Nurse Coordinator, New Hampshire Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice student, University of New Hampshire
  • Masters in Nursing (Management), University of Dundee, Scotland, 2005
  • BS in Nursing, Rivier University, Nashua, NH, 1996
APNA Contributions
  • Chair, Community Outreach Task Force – 2018
  • Chair, Institute for Safe Environments – Key Elements of Safety Resource Toolkit, ED Nurse Survey, Engagement White Paper & Resource Toolkit, Violence Prevention Toolkit, Seclusion and Restraint Position Statement & Standards of Practice -2012–2018
  • Chair, Violence Prevention Task Force – Position Paper and Resource Toolkit, 2016
  • Reviewer, Scholarly Committee, 2012-2018
  • Presenter, APNA Annual Conferences 2007, 2010-2018
  • Representative, NAMI Consumer Council on Seclusion & Restraint, 2015-2018
  • Presenter, APNA Annual Conference: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us, 2016
  • Presenter, APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP), Key Elements of a Safe Environment, 2014
  • JAPNA Author and Editorial Reviewer, 2011-2018
  • Presenter, Seclusion & Restraint: Assessment and Risk Mitigation, 2012
  • Advisor to Janssen Scholars, Seclusion and Restraint Workgroup, 2012
  • Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Steering Committee, 2011-2012
  • Chair, APNA New England Chapter Annual Spring Conference, 2011
  • New Hampshire State Representative, New England Chapter, 2010- 2011
  • Task Force on Workplace Violence – Position Paper, 2008
Other Experience
  • Twenty four years of progressively responsible experience in public acute-care psychiatric setting.
  • Author:
    • Collaborating with Law Enforcement to Prevent Violence
    • Reducing Workplace Violence and Aggression
    • Staying Safe: Getting Hurt is Not Part of the Job
    • Promoting Engagement as an Element of Safe Environments
    • Reducing Seclusion and Restraint
    • Increasing Nurse Work Satisfaction with Relationship-Based Nursing Model
    • Demystifying Accountability by Decreasing Employee Absences
  • Presenter, Practicing Prevention: Safely Engaging Patients in Mental Health Crises. Navigate Nursing Webinar 2016.
  • Trainer, S.E.C.U.R.E Training for Staying Safe in healthcare settings, sponsored by NH Foundation for Healthy Communities.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I’m passionate about helping to support, inform and inspire APNA members who provide direct patient care, and recognize the importance of recruiting and preparing nurses for roles in psychiatric mental health settings. I believe in the value of regularly communicating with members on topics ranging from theory to practice. I have been privileged to contribute to a variety of resources that serve to guide and influence nursing practice. As a board member, I will encourage others to share their knowledge, expertise, thoughts and ideas.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  I am committed to promoting APNA membership as an incredible value. My own thinking has been greatly influenced and enhanced by the priceless opportunity APNA membership affords to learn from psychiatric nursing experts from around the world.  I am grateful for having the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions and collaborations with individuals who appreciate and understand the unique challenges and rewards that psychiatric nurses experience. Educating students, physicians, law enforcement personnel and the public about the special skills and caring strategies employed by psychiatric-mental health nurses can help to create and maintain safe and therapeutic practice environments. Membership in APNA has made a positive difference in my life, and as an APNA Board of Directors member, I will work to help other members maximize the value of their memberships.



Michelle TsaiMichelle Tsai, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Nurse Practitioner, Arlington County Department of Human Services—Behavioral Healthcare Division, Psychiatric Services, Outpatient-Based Opioid Treatment, Substance Abuse Outpatient Services

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
George Mason University

APNA Contributions
  • APNA Addictions Council Steering Committee, Member, 2018-Present
  • APNA Virginia Board of Directors, Member at Large, 2018-Present
  • APNA Virginia Chapter Temporary Leadership Committee, Member at Large, 3/2017-11/2017
  • Presenter, APNA Virginia Chapter Annual Conference—2018
  • Poster Presenter, accepted for APNA 32nd Annual Conference— ”Substance Use Disorders: Neuroscience and the Nursing Process” - 2018
  • Poster Presenter, APNA 31st Annual Conference— “Interprofessional Education for the Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder” - 2017
Other Experience
  • 20th Annual Rho Pi Research Symposium, Shenandoah University—“Bridging the Gap: Increasing Knowledge of Substance Use Disorders”, Presenter, Winchester, VA—2018
  • Northern Virginia Refugee Wellness Coalition—2017 Annual Conference: Ensuring Access to Quality Care, “Prevention to Intervention”, Presenter, Fairfax, VA—2017
  • Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, 2017 Conference—“Clinical Decision Support for Depression”, Presenter, Williamsburg, VA—2016
  • Northern Virginia Coalition for Refugee Wellness— “Northern Virginia Behavioral Health Strategic Planning,” Presenter, Fairfax, VA—2016
  • Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses— “Numbing or Coping, Best Practices to Solving the Substance Abuse Crisis, Panelist—2018
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute—Clinician Priorities for Medication-Assisted Treatment, Panelist—2018
  • 4th Statewide Refugee Mental Health Summit—Virginia Refugee Healing Partnership, “Trauma Informed Care for Refugees”, Panelist—2017
  • Publication:
    • Virginia Behavioral Health Interpreting Curriculum 8/23/2017
      “Chapter 8: Neurobiology of Trauma”
      “Chapter 9: Psychiatric Evaluation”
      “Chapter 10: Behavioral Health Disorders”
      “Chapter 11: Medications for Mental Health Disorders”
      Developed by Virginia Healing Partnership, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, in collaboration with Office of Newcomer Services, Virginia Department of Social Services, and Washington University of Virginia

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I’d be honored to be your voice. A champion who represents the bedside nurse, to validate our strengths, and support our growth. Nurses care for patients first. We need to care for ourselves. I have not forgotten the joy and challenge as a bedside nurse, and how organizational support can make all the difference. I will do my best to represent all nurses, so we impact change and make the lives of our patients better.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  APNA’s purpose is to be a scientific and education organization.  I will do my best to focus our science and education on evidence-based practice. I strive to support our daily clinical practice and research. I would like to work on building greater infrastructure to support peer networks on a local level. Peer networks are a rich source of mutual knowledge and growth. Nurses may ignite their passion together, to advance personal and professional knowledge.

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