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President Elect

Jake Creviston, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
Dr. Creviston has been an active member of the APNA-OR group since June 2016 and is excited to assume an even more active leadership role as President Elect. Creviston is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Quest Center for Integrative Health in Portland, Oregon, practicing psychotherapy and medication management. He also teaches mental health nursing at Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing.  Creviston is active at the state and national levels with the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action and in 2014 the movement recognized him as one of ten national Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing.  Creviston holds a bachelor’s in nursing from Linfield College and a master’s in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University. He focused on leadership and policy in earning his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the latter in 2015.  His scholarly work and passion is promoting professional nursing through the integration of mental health and leadership. Dr. Creviston would be honored to serve Oregon as the APNA Oregon Chapter President-Elect.  

 

Secretary

Kendra Brown
I've been in service as the acting Secretary for the past several months, I put the 2017 member survey together, and I'm actively participating on the Board. I'm inspired to service by the other wonderful Oregon APNA members I've been meeting since attending my first APNA National Conference last Fall.
I started my career as a psychiatric RN in 2012 and have focused primarily on working with people in our communities who have schizophrenia. My primary passion as a nurse is in applying the little scientific knowledge we have of behavioral change towards supporting people to make healthy lifestyle changes who have the triple whammy of having a mental illness that decreases their motivation for self care, being on medications that interfere with their dopamine reward system, and having a high risk of negative health outcomes because of the plethora of contributors they experience in terms of mental illness, medications, socioeconomic status, trauma history, and social stigma. I'm determined to help each person I work with to find their motivation to meet their goals and to continue learning new tools to help them.  I was drawn to work in community mental health because of my experiences of working as a peer educator as a youth and in turn creating an HIV outreach project for my county. I worked with community health nurses and thought they were the coolest! I was only able to do this work because of an overwhelming amount of mental health support that helped me to cope with my own childhood and family trauma and subsequent chemical addiction. I grew up in a family that had very few physical health issues, but lots of mental health issues in large part due to intergenerational trauma.  This taught me many lessons about the social determinants of health and shaped my understanding of the bidirectional relationship between mental and physical health that I feel is still so poorly understood despite the national rhetoric of integrated care. I believe that in order to deliver truly integrate care that all practitioners need to have an understanding of the whole person, while staying in their scope of practice. I would be happy to see a decline in the compartmentalization of people's experiences., although this would take more time than most providers have. I believe that RNs can be utilized in a much more dynamic way to help ease this burden. I hear this echoed by APNA and by the psychiatric mental health nurses I know here in this state. This fuels my motivation to support avenues for psychiatric mental health nurses to be leaders guiding health care policy. People deserve good mental and physical health care and collectively we have the vision to deliver it.

 

Member-at-Large

Laura Galbraith
I am currently working at Providence St Vincent Medical Center as Night Shift Charge Nurse, I have been in this position full time since March 2015. I was previously a relief charge nurse and staff nurse in the same area since 2008. Prior to this I was working in rural California at a county mental health facility since 2005, both inpatient and outpatient. I am currently working towards my board certification in mental health.  I have been active on my unit's and the hospital's staffing committees for numerous years and many other various other committees that work towards patient and staff safety. 

Margaret Ngai
My entire nursing career has been spent in psychiatric-mental health roles, and I love it more and more every year. I am currently a staff nurse on the adolescent unit at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, in Portland. I am also a PMHNP student and plan to continue serving our Oregon community in the advanced practice role, after graduation. I am passionate about advocating for the needs of our clients, and for the nursing profession as a whole.  I have a strong history of leadership and have served on the board of directors of the Oregon Center for Nursing, the Oregon Nurses’ Association, and the National Student Nurses’ Association. I want PMH nurses to feel inspired and empowered in our profession, and to feel that they have the resources they need to do their best work. My favorite leadership roles are supportive and collaborative, assisting others in reaching their goals and highest potential. I am dedicated to the clients we serve and the broader PMH community and would be honored to serve on the board of the APNA Oregon Chapter.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.