Member-at-Large Candidates

A 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


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.

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