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Jodi Morstein, PhD, APRN
Dr. Morstein is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who specializes in working with children, teens and their families. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in in-patient and out-patient settings as a diagnostician, prescriber and therapist.  Her research interests have focused on the development of social competence in seriously emotionally disturbed youth and currently she is working on a technology based intervention for children and adolescents with ADHD and High Functioning Autism. She is the former director of the University of Utah College of Nursing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and currently holds a joint position with the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and College of Nursing

Members at Large

Sheila Bittle, PhD, APRN-PMC, BC
Dr Sheila Bittle is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Specialist and is a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).  
She has been in private practice since 1981 and has held several academic appointments with UU College of Nursing, BYU College of Nursing, and Westminster College Nursing Department.  She holds three academic degrees from the University of Utah, PhD, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science.
Professional Interests and Clinical Specialization:
  Psychotherapy/counseling with individuals, couples, families, and groups – theoretical foundations include crisis intervention, psychodynamics, family systems, and cognitive behavioral models, and object relations
  Suicide prevention, grief and bereavement therapy; treatment of families with physically and mentally challenged children
  Treatment of difficult conditions from borderline to narcissistic personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders
  Prescriptive practice; Interdisciplinary team building; Clinical supervision of graduate students and interns in mental health disciplines
         International Psychotherapy Institute – member and participant in monthly continuing education video clinical conferences; seminars on object relations and psychoanalytic theory and practice
     Leadership promoting advanced nursing practice and advocacy for nursing roles in interdisciplinary mental health practice
Supervising and mentoring graduate and post graduate psychiatric nurses has grown out of her passion for advancing the practice of psychiatric nurses.  Clinical practice and teaching is anchored in psychodynamic and object relations theory.
Among many contributions to the profession of psychiatric nursing, she is noted for her work to bring about independent third party reimbursement from insurance companies for advanced practice psychiatric nursing services in 1981.
Following that achievement, Dr Bittle was appointed to the Nurse Practice Act Task Force.  The NPA Task Force was comprised of nurses from  Utah State Board of Nursing and Utah Nurses Association and included representatives from all specialties of practice, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, nurse anesthetists, administrators, and representatives of organizations.
This Task Force worked diligently for over twenty years, gradually and successfully advancing the scope of practice, through legislative and  political initiatives, achieving prescriptive practice privileges for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists.  Lobbying and legislative interface with nursing stakeholders and legislators were developed and supported.
More recently she is serving on UNP legislative affairs committee with the purpose to retire the Consultation and Referral plan and allow advanced practice nurses to practice with full authority of their scope of practice.
Throughout her career, Dr Bittle has provided leadership and promoted organizational development of the Council of Specialists in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Utah Chapter, both organizations focus on leadership and promotion of psychiatric and mental health nursing. She has mentored and promoted interdisciplinary mental health roles for nurses.
On an earlier historical point, Dr Bittle was part of the Granite Community Mental Health Center staff, which pioneered the comprehensive community mental health movement in Salt Lake County.   With Dr Norman Anderson at the helm as the Clinical Director, and Bruce Goates as the Administrative Director we had a dynamic and great time developing mental health services and delivering care to many formerly underserved areas in Salt Lake County.  Dr Bittle served as the Coordinator of Crisis Intervention and with Fred Richards as Administrative Director along with other mental health staff we provided suicide prevention, crisis intervention training and clinical services throughout the county.  Nursing was viewed as an important part of the interdisciplinary mental health team.

Susan Horton RN
My psychiatric/mental health nursing career began in 2011 at the Crisis Response Network located in Tucson, AZ. This was a psychiatric emergency facility with an observation unit and an inpatient unit. This experience exposed me to many aspects of psychiatric nursing, and I was hooked. Upon relocating to Utah in 2012, I worked for a year and a half at LDS Hospital in the inpatient psychiatric unit. I have been employed as a Mental Health RN Case Manager at the VA since January 2014.  I have worked across the spectrum of mental health patients, from those experiencing severe crisis to those maintaining stabilization.   I have been a member of APNA since I started working in the psychiatric field of nursing in 2011. I have found it to be a fantastic resource for increasing knowledge of mental illness and substance use disorders and for keeping up-to-date with the latest evidence-based treatment of those with mental illness, and I often encourage others to join APNA.

Bio by Grace Forsythe
I nominate Susan Horton RN Nurse Case Manager in the VA outpatient Mental Health Clinic for a member at large position on our board. She has enjoyed her membership in APNA and appreciates the knowledge she gains. She shares her knowledge with other RN's. She is committed to emphasizing the importance of the RN role on mental health teams and is excellent at helping patients with chronic mental illness create goals and uses motivational therapy to support their achievements.

Linda Mabey, DNP, CNS, BC
Linda Mabey has been a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist since 1988 and a member of APNA since 2005. She currently serves APNA as an abstract reviewer and award nominations reviewer. She has contributed to APNA conferences as both a podium and poster presenter on several occasions. She maintains an active psychiatric clinical practice where she specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma, including rape and domestic violence. Her treatment philosophy is very holistic and empowers patients to take control of their lives. She has presented and published on trauma treatment in an effort to better educate her nursing peers. In addition to her practice, she has taught psychiatric nursing to undergraduate and graduate nursing students for over 25 years. She enjoys helping students "catch the vision" of how mental health impacts the physical and emotional well-being of all people.

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.