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
Associate Professor, Specialty Director of PMHNP program, and Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship at the University of Colorado College of Nursing
Volunteer, PMHNP clinical practice at a shelter for abused women and children.
- PhD in Nursing- Johns Hopkins University (2014)
- DNP- Shenandoah University (2011)
- Post-Masters Certificate, PMHCNS and PMHNP- Shenandoah University (2010)
- MSN- Shenandoah University (2007)
- BSN- Shenandoah University (2005)
- BA in Psychology- University of Colorado (2003)
- APNA Colorado Chapter:
- President (2 terms)
- Immediate Past-President (2 terms), 2014-Present
- APNA Nominating Committee Member, 2016-2017
- APNA Research Grant Recipient, 2013
- APNA Janssen Student Scholar, 2011
- JAPNA Peer Reviewer
- Presenter at APNA Annual Conferences
- Presenter and Conference Planner for the APNA Colorado Chapter events
- APNA Recovery to Practice Facilitator
- Over 15 years of experience in mental health nursing as a RN, PMHCNS, and PMHNP including inpatient, outpatient, residential/shelter, and campus settings.
- Practice emphasis in psychotherapy, crisis interventions, and trauma-informed care including extensive work with survivors of domestic violence as well as primary prevention programs for interpersonal violence across the lifespan.
- Over 10 years of experience as a nurse educator with primary emphasis in mental health nursing and PMHNP education.
- Actively engaged in research and scholarship related to mental health nursing and disseminating knowledge annually through publications and presentations.
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I am passionate about psychiatric nursing and improving mental health care for diverse and underserved populations. I believe that my experience as a mental health RN, PMHCNS, PMHNP, and mental health nursing faculty gives me a broad range of perspective on the issues facing psychiatric-mental health nursing. I have a sustained and consistent record of mental health practice expertise, teaching excellence in mental health education, research and scholarship related to mental health, and leadership in psychiatric nursing that makes me highly qualified for the APNA Member-at-Large position. APNA has helped me tremendously in my career as a mental health nurse, and I want to give back more to this wonderful organization!
I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: I understand the importance of APNA’s mission, and I am happy to invest my time and effort to achieve the goals of our organization. I am deeply committed to advancing psychiatric nursing and addressing the mental health crisis that our country is facing that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that we collectively work towards the goals of improving mental health, preventing mental illness, reducing stigma, and promoting equity and inclusion. I have been a strong ongoing advocate for our mental health nursing profession through my clinical practice, teaching, service, and leadership. I would be honored to help fulfill APNA’s vision by sharing my passion and experience and working collaboratively with APNA members and the APNA leadership team to maintain and enhance the scientific and educational purposes of our organization.
Director of Psychiatry, Lorenz Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
PhD in Nursing, University of Michigan, 2016
MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, University of Michigan, 2012
BSN, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2010
APNA Minnesota Chapter – Immediate Past President (2021-2022), President (2018-2021), President-Elect (2017-2018), Annual Conference Chair (2019-2020)
APNA Annual Conference – Presenter (2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021), Volunteer (2011-Present)
JAPNA – Contributor (2013, 2016), Reviewer (2016-Present)
APNA Transitions in Practice (ATP) Presenter (2020-2021)
Awards and Recognition Committee (2018-Present)
Scholarly Review Committee (2018-Present)
Practice Council Advisory Panel (2018-Present)
Council for Mental Health Advocacy – Advisory Panel (2018-Present), Steering Committee (2011-2017)
Addictions Council Advisory Panel (2015-2019)
Education Council – Steering Committee (2016-2019), Continuing Education Branch Chair (2016-2018), Suicide Competencies Workgroup (2014-2016)
Expert Facilitator for Suicide Prevention Facilitator Training (2016-2018)
Suicide Prevention Workgroup (2011)
APNA Janssen Student Scholar (2011)
Preceptor for PMHNP Students
PMHNP experience: inpatient and outpatient integrated behavioral health settings providing medication management and psychotherapy care for clients and families across the lifespan
Director of Psychiatry for growing outpatient clinic service line
- Faculty and Advisor for PMHNP Students and DNP projects
- Research interests: Community-based research, Resilience and Trauma, Suicide, Integrated Care, Telepsychiatry
- Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing – Member (2020-Present), Mentorship Program Mentee (2020-2021)
Sigma Honor Society of Nursing – Member (2009-Present), Faculty Counselor (2020-Present), Leadership Succession Chair (2012-2014)
Minnesota APRN Coalition Member (2016-Present)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners – Member (2013-Present), Psych/Mental Health Specialty Practice Group Member (2019-Present)
Council member, City of Jordan (2019-Present)
APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: Over the last 10 years, I have served APNA in several capacities. The continuous mentorship of expert nurses and leaders through APNA has supported these endeavors and solidified my passion for PMH nursing and service to the profession. As a PMHNP clinician, preceptor, faculty member, researcher, and elected official, I serve various roles that allow me to increase the visibility of the valuable contributions of psychiatric nurses. These experiences have increased my understanding of the needs of those we serve and the important work we do as an organization. As an active member of other professional organizations, I thoroughly understand the importance of good governance and will use my experiences to inform my work as Member-at-Large.
I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: If elected, I will aim to elevate the needs of members while advocating for the diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities we serve. This will require ongoing integration of nursing education, practice, research, leadership, and advocacy. APNA is unique to offer educational and leadership opportunities to all levels of psychiatric-mental health nurses and I have been proud to recommend the organization as a leading psychiatric-mental health nursing resource. I will continue to promote the many resources offered by APNA to my colleagues, while engaging members through new avenues of connection and collaboration among students, educators, RNs, APRNs, researchers, and other stakeholders.