A Message from the President
Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA-BC
I am very pleased to report that APNA is currently experiencing unparalleled successes in the number and quality of national initiatives, educational programs, and member participation in committees and councils. If you were measuring our success on quantity, you would see a record number of:
- Attendees at the previous APNA Annual Conference and Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute.
- Abstract proposals submitted for review by our Scholarly Review Committee for the upcoming APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
- Nominations for open positions on the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee in this year’s elections process.
- Solicited requests for feedback by a growing number of national organizations.
These accomplishments show the robustness of our association and its membership. In fact, the rate of growth for membership in APNA in the past year has exceeded the rate of growth in any previous year to date.
APNA is not just about quantity, however. When I look at the quality of APNA’s efforts over the past year, I am so proud to be a part of such an outstanding, engaged group of psychiatric mental health nurse colleagues. Member Bridge is a hive of activity as members from across the country seek and share information and initiatives to address critical issues in delivering safe, patient-centered care and actualizing the full scope of their practice. The Institute of Mental Health Advocacy and various APNA Councils have reviewed and made recommendations for APNA response on an unprecedented number of legislative and regulatory initiatives and draft positions.
We also have more members than ever before engaged in activities and partnerships, through task forces and councils, to advance the quality of patient-centered care and the professional practice of psychiatric nurses. Examples include the task force to update the PMHN Scope and Standards of Clinical Practice, which involves both APNA and ISPN members, and the Recovery to Practice Task Force which includes participants from our Consumer Advisory Panel. Additionally, the Administrative Council is completing a draft position statement and white paper on staffing in inpatient psychiatric settings, with input from the RN-PMH Council, to be submitted later this summer to the APNA Board for review.
Members are also involved as APNA representatives on national task forces and at national meetings to ensure that psychiatric mental health nursing participates in shaping the future of nursing and mental health care. Examples include involvement in the National Task Force on Nurse Practitioner Program Criteria, the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), attendance at national meetings such as the National Association of Nurse Clinical Nurses Specialists, the National Council of state Boards of Nursing, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and ongoing meetings and dialogue with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Association at the Board level.
This level of growth in the connection amongst members, engagement in professional organizational activities and initiatives, and partnership with the broader nursing and mental health community are objective indicators that APNA is a strong and vital organization of professionals providing a unifying voice of psychiatric mental health nursing.
We have so much to celebrate at APNA’s 25th Anniversary Conference, and so much more energy, enthusiasm and expertise to share and harness as we engage with each other in person. And, (dare I say it), we already are well ahead of any previous record for number of people who have registered for an APNA Annual Conference by August 1st. I can’t wait to see you there!
Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA-BC