Nominating Committee Candidates

The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. Full Description

Sue Brammer, PhD, MSN, MA, RN

Sue BrammerPresent Position
Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio


2000 PhD (Nursing), University of Cincinnati; 1994 MSN (Psychiatric Nursing), University of Cincinnati; 1985 MA (Health Education), Ohio State University; 1979 BSN, Ohio State University

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Member, 2009-present
  • Charter Member, Recovery Council Steering Committee, 2011-present
  • Regional Coordinator, Ohio, 2013-present
  • Chair, APNA Ohio Chapter Conference Planning Committee, 2017
  • Co-chair, APNA Ohio Chapter Conference Planning Committee, 2016
  • President, APNA Ohio Chapter, 2010
  • Presenter, APNA Annual Conference, 2016, 2014, 2005
  • Presenter, APNA Ohio Chapter Conference, 2016

Other Experience
I became a psychiatric-mental health nurse straight out of my BSN program, and even when working outside of psychiatric settings, I have never looked back. I have worked as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings in roles such as staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, and nurse therapist.  For the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of impacting mental health care through my students in ADN, BSN, MSN and post-master’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner programs. My experience is not limited to employment. As a volunteer for my local chapter of NAMI, I have held roles in board leadership, event planning, public speaking, and helpline assistance. The most personal experience, however, is having lived with a mental illness for over 40 years.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I would uphold the trust of APNA members bestowed upon me, alongside my fellow Nominating Committee members, by putting forth the absolute best possible slate of candidates. I can recognize the qualities of effective leaders in others, in part, because I have been an effective leader myself. The style of leadership that best describes how I operate is transformational.  Transformational leaders effect change not only by modeling optimism, competence, and big-picture thinking, but by validating the strengths and supporting the growth of each member of the team. “Team APNA” is over 11,000 strong, but every member deserves to be empowered. In addition, I offer the perspective of someone who is on the receiving end of psychiatric services. In other words, I walk the walk. I will put forth the best candidates for office in APNA who remain true not only to the needs of psychiatric-mental health nurses, but of those entrusted to our care.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  As a scientific and education organization, APNA serves as the unifying voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing. I will contribute to that voice through advocating for candidates who best represent the organization’s core values: empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, collegiality, innovation, transparency, and stewardship.

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Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

Carol CapitanoPresent Position
Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, College of Nursing; Clinician with Prescriptive Authority, University of New Mexico Hospitals Psychiatric Center

2012 PhD, University of New Mexico College of Nursing; 1992 MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing; 1987 BSN, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing; 1979 RN, Diploma, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

APNA Contributions

  • APNA member for 5 years
  • Current APNA New Mexico Chapter President
  • Past APNA NM Chapter positions: President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large
  • Current APNA Scholarly Review Committee member
  • Current reviewer for APNA eLearning continuing education
  • Planning committee member for APNA NM Chapter annual conference for the past 4 years

Other Experience
I have been a registered nurse since 1979 and have practiced as an APRN with prescriptive authority since 2002. I continue in this practice working with SMI patients. My current faculty position includes teaching PMHNP-PMC students in partnership with the University of Colorado-Denver, College of Nursing. My career has varied through the years to include management, inpatient, and outpatient positions. I have volunteered to facilitate sudden death groups and worked with families whose loved one has died due to cancer. My research has focused on parents whose children died by suicide.

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: My experiences as an APRN and director provided me with the opportunity to interview, make recommendations, and/or hire candidates for various positions. In addition to my years as an APRN, I believe the skills I have learned in these various positions are beneficial in fulfilling the duties required of a nominating committee member.

I will work collaboratively with other members of the committee to bring forward candidates to the membership who will support the goals and vision of APNA in innovative and creative ways.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: As an educator, I am passionate about using evidence-based research to educate future nurses and introducing them to psychiatric nursing at all levels of education.

The NM Chapter has hosted a statewide conference every year for the past four years, and we plan to continue to host these events yearly. Each year I have been a member of the planning committee, this year served as co-chair of the committee. Through these conferences, the speakers focus on scientific research, which highlights the importance of translational research.

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Barbara E. Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN

Carol CapitanoPresent Position
Program Director, Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

2009 DNP, University of Connecticut; 1989 MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Boston College; 1985 BSN, Nursing and Psychology, WV Wesleyan College
Certifications: Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

APNA Contributions
Journal of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association Journal, Peer Reviewer 2015-2017

Other Experience

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) peer reviewer, 2017
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Love of Learning Selection Committee, 2017
  • Massachusetts Hospital Association, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Taskforce, 2015
  • American Nurses Association: Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility Advisory Committee, 2014
  • Board of Commissioners (CCNE): The commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 2012
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX nursing examination item review panel, 2009-2011
  • Board of Directors: Nurses United for Responsible Service, 1996
  • Board of Directors: Massachusetts Perinatal Association, 1992-1996
  • Psychosomatics Journal Peer Reviewer 2015-2017

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: I would be humbled to serve on the Nominating Committee to assist in reviewing candidates volunteering to serve as our future leaders. The current politico social climate we currently practice in urgently demands humanistic nursing leadership. The APNA’s core purpose is to be the unifying voice of psychiatric nursing. As the WHO says there can be no health without mental health.  In my current role as program director for the Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service, I provide direct consultation to patients and families admitted for medical care with concurrent psychological issues such as delirium, alcohol, substance use, suicide, anxiety and depression.  I also provide coaching and educations to clinicians to assist them in providing psychologically based care.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization: I am a transformational leader and believe strong leadership is required to advance nursing science while providing education and skill building to nurses to transform care. There are many psychiatric nurses in our organization and opportunities to participate in advancing care through scientific inquiry, education and practice.  I participate in research, quality improvement and education and have authored peer-reviewed articles on trauma informed care, patient falls, delirium, alcohol withdrawal, and change. Most recently, I have served as the department of nursing lead for organizational initiatives to improve the safety of nurses providing care to patients.

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