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APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: Marlene Nadler-Moodie's Inaugural Message

Member Profile: Q&A with Peggy Halter, PhD, APRN

Annual Conference: What the Janssen Scholars had to say!
                                 Annual Conference Survey
                                 10 Reasons to Join us in Pittsburgh in 2012

Psych Nurses Have More Fun: Highlights from the Annual Conference

Organizational Response: ANCC's Paper on Seclusion & Restraint

Administrative Council: Nurse Staffing Comments

Tobacco Dependence Council: Take a Survey!

25th Anniversary Video: Celebrating 25 Years of APNA Now Online!

APNA Merchandise: Check out the APNA Online Store

New Members: 303 new APNA members since September 2011!

President's Message
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Time is really flying by as we approach the holiday season - it seems like just yesterday that many of us were together in “the happiest place on earth.” Our conference at Disneyland® in Anaheim, California was a rousing success and it was with true delight that I had the opportunity to meet so many of you.  Nothing can compare to the electrifying and inspiring enthusiasm that is generated when over a thousand psychiatric mental health nurses gather in one place to learn from each other and celebrate our profession! (Cont'd)

Member Profile: Q&A with Peggy Halter, PhD, APRN
Dr. Peggy Halter is Associate Dean at Ashland University's Schar College of Nursing in Ohio. She also serves as Co-Chair of APNA's Institute for Mental Health Advocacy and is a past president of the Ohio Chapter. You may recognize her name from your PMHN textbooks - she is the editor of Varcarolis and Halter’s Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2010), and co-edited Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2009).
How did you get started in nursing?
A reassuring and life-altering back-rub by a sympathetic nurse after a C-section with my second daughter inspired me to become a registered nurse. Two months later I was enrolled in nursing school. Six years later I was employed in (thanks to a 1987 nursing shortage) the stress management unit at Akron General Medical Center. In 1990 I added a freshly minted MSN from Kent State along with a position teaching psychiatric mental health in a baccalaureate program. (Cont'd)

Annual Conference

What the APNA Janssen Scholars Had to Say!
After the conference, we surveyed our 30 APNA Janssen Scholars to see what they had to say about the conference. Here are some of their responses:
"I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to attend this conference. Without the support of the Janssen student scholarship program, attending the APNA conference is an experience I would not likely have had until later in my career. My excitement for PMH nursing was renewed and I gained a wealth of information...that has improved my own practice and renewed my energy for improving and propelling the profession."
"I simply have an overwhelming amount of gratitude for this experience. It has ushered me into a new sense of pride and commitment to this profession and invites me to grow both professionally and personally to offer quality of care to those in need in a way which honors both my background and the needs of my clients."
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Annual Conference Survey
We want to hear from you, too! If you were not able to join us for the 25th Annual Conference, let us know what kept you from attending this year. We have just a few questions that will help guide us in developing future programs and conferences. If you did participate in the Anaheim, CA conference, we ask for 10 minutes of your time to complete the APNA 25th Annual Conference Survey. Your feedback is indispensable to our Education Department in improving next year's conference.
Take the Survey

10 Reasons to Join us in Pittsburgh in 2012
Next year's Annual Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 7-10. Here are 10 reasons why we're excited about Pittsburgh:

1. National Geographic just named it one of the best places in the world to visit, alongside Venice and Iceland.
2. It has a beautiful waterfront convention center.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is just a few miles away.
4. Andy Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh.
5. It's home of the Pittsburgh Steelers - and it will be football season!
6. Gene Kelly learned to dance here.
7. It's been named "One of America's Most Livable Cities."
8. There are tons of top-notch museums.
9. Director Christopher Nolan used downtown as a stand-in for Gotham City in the Dark Knight Rises.
10. It has a walkable downtown with great restaurants and shopping!

Psych Nurses Have More Fun: Highlights from the 25th Annual Conference
 - by Jaclyn Engelsher, APRN, DOM
This was my second year attending the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, and the experience again renewed my enthusiasm for live continuing education events. There were plenty of excellent speakers, exhibition (sales) booths, and poster presentations, but that is not what makes this a must-do yearly event. It is the camaraderie within the profession and the fact psych-nurses know the importance of having a good time. Here are a few of my personal highlights. (Cont'd)

Organizational Responses - Seclusion & Restraint
Earlier this month we emailed you to ask for feedback on ANCC's position statement, Reduction of Patient Restraint and Seclusion in Health Care Settings. The Board of Directors reviewed and synthesized all of the member input we received into an organizational response, which was sent to ANCC on November 8th. Read the Organizational Response

Nurse Staffing - Administrative Council Comments
The Administrative Council recently reviewed the American Nurses Association's Draft Principles for Nurse Staffing. Their feedback on the document was submitted to the ANA on November 8th, 2011. Download a PDF of the letter and comments sent to the ANA

Tobacco Dependence Council Survey
If you have not yet completed the Tobacco Dependence Council's survey, we urge you to do so as soon as possible! Your responses will help the council discover if we are making progress in helping to decrease tobacco dependence in the populations we serve. In addition, your input will be used to update and refine their strategic plan. A report of the survey findings will be shared on the APNA website once the results are in. Take the Tobacco Dependence Council's Survey

Celebrating 25 Years of APNA Video Now Online
Check out our 25th Anniversary video, debuted at the Annual Conference, to hear your fellow members' perspectives on APNA throughout the years: our greatest strengths, influence on psychiatric mental health nursing, and extraordinary membership! Watch: Celebrating 25 Years of APNA

APNA Online Store

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