Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
2015 Award for Distinguished Service

A simple piece of advice was how Jeanne Clement knew psychiatric-mental health nursing was right for her: “’In psychiatric nursing, the best therapeutic tool you have to use is yourself,’” she says, quoting an instructor from one of her first psychiatric-mental health nursing lectures. “I haven’t found it any different after 53 years.” Clement took this advice and turned it into a career spent working to advance mental health and ensure that APNA is a leader in helping to do so. Now retired from teaching at Ohio State University, Clement nevertheless remains present and highly involved in the psychiatric-mental health nursing community and continues to practice. For her long track record of dedication to the profession and to APNA, Jeanne Clement is the recipient of the 2015 APNA Award for Distinguished Service.

At a Glance
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Passion:
Dispute Resolution, Recovery-Oriented Interventions

Words of Wisdom to Future Nurses:
“Learn as much as you can, but moreso become very skilled in how you’re applying it. What’s still the most important thing is how you relate with the person you’re working with.”

Favorite Disney movie:
Snow White

Clement is well known as a devoted and influential psychiatric-mental health nurse. “Dr. Clement is an untiring advocate for consumers and taught me the value of advocacy as it relates to our clients, their families, those doctors important to them, and psychiatric-mental health nurses at all educational levels,” says Barbara Jones Warren, one of Clement’s colleagues. Throughout her extensive career at Ohio State University, Clement notably focused her work on dispute resolution and recovery-oriented interventions for persons with psychiatric diagnoses. In the classroom, Clement worked to make sure her students were not only well-equipped for psychiatric-mental health nursing, but also for serving as leaders in the field. “She mentored and encouraged our class…to include leadership in the nursing profession beyond our individual careers,” says Marlene Nadler-Moodie in one of Clement's recommendations. Barbara L. Drew, who nominated Clement for the award, says “People regularly seek her out for guidance or to go down memory lane. Her influence extends to other parts of the world.”

Of course as the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service, Clement is a dedicated member of APNA. She served as president of APNA from 2007 to 2008, and during that time was a beacon for advocacy, mentorship, and collaboration. “One of the things I wanted most was [psychiatric-mental health nurses] being leaders and collaborating – with each other, with other disciplines, with people who have a mental illness,” she says of the legacy she wanted to leave. “The whole concept of collaboration was important to really build the role of psychiatric nursing in the field.” In their recommendations, Clement’s colleagues highlight her continued enthusiasm for advancing the profession through collaboration within APNA. She remains an active mover and shaker in APNA programs and discussions. “Jeanne has retired from teaching at OSU but it is clear that she is really a RINO (Retired In Name Only),” says Drew. “Shortly after her retirement, Jeanne participated in the development and dissemination of APNA’s program for Recovery to Practice, a considerable contribution.” In their recommendations, Clement’s colleagues highlight her continued enthusiasm for the organization. She remains an active mover and shaker in APNA programs and discussions.

Clement’s service to APNA has always been forward looking - aiming to shape future generations of psychiatric-mental health nurses. To accomplish this, Clement works to foster a sense of mentorship among psychiatric-mental health nurses and students alike. “Dr. Clement has been and continues to be an inspirational mentor to me and to many other students, peers, consumers and colleagues whose lives she has touched over the years,” says Jones Warren. “[Clement is] supportive, inclusive, and always a ball of fire for psychiatric nursing and the patients for whom we care,” adds Ruth “Topsy” Staten in a recommendation.

After more than 50 years, Clement still knows that psychiatric nursing is her calling. “I have never ever changed my mind about it,” she says. “I think there is no greater honor that anyone can have than that of being recognized by one’s peers.” Drew adds, “Jeanne Clement has been a forceful influence on APNA, PMH nursing, and the care provided for people with mental illness. I am honored to call her my colleague and my friend.” Clement has had a widespread impact, and her legacy is one characterized by an unyielding passion for the field. If one were to ask the magic mirror in her favorite Disney movie, Snow White, who was the most dedicated of them all, Clement would be a front-runner. We look forward to honoring Clement and her relentless dedication to nursing at the APNA 29th Annual Conference, to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida October 28-31.



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