March 2017 Members' Corner


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

March 2017

APNA Members' Corner

President's Message: What is APNA doing for you? (Education Edition)
Your Board of Directors recently held a face-to-face meeting to discuss APNA’s core purpose and its efforts to meet your needs as APNA members. Through the APNA Strategic Direction Survey (sent to members in January) we learned that overwhelmingly, the top three things members want from APNA are education, networking, and current information. In this column, I will focus in on education. (Read more)


Q&A with Douglas Taylor, 2016 Board of Directors Student Scholar
Last year, CPT Doug Taylor, RN, applied for and received the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship. "The experience helped enrich my perception of the people who choose psychiatric-mental health nursing. Those who dedicate their lives to this profession are truly beautiful and amazing people," he says. We spoke with Doug about what it was like to be a Board of Directors Student Scholar. (Hear from Doug about his experience.)


#StandforMentalHealth: Take Action with APNA
APNA released a new position paper this month that calls for proactive health care policies that promote wellness instead of reacting to illness. This position paper emphasizes that whole health begins with mental health and articulates the important and foundational role that mental health plays in overall health. We need your help: Take a stand for mental health with us and share our psychiatric-mental health nursing perspective with your representatives. (Start taking action now.)


Four Days of Psychopharmacology Insight
Network with your peers and promote healthy brains, people, and lives: register for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute. Join us in Baltimore June 8-11 and earn 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology. Discuss the science of personalized psychopharmacology, treatment options for persons with complex psychiatric disorders, and the nurse/consumer/family relationship. Register by May 15 to save $75 with early bird pricing! (Program  |  Register now!)


Opportunities to Get Involved with APNA
Spring into action with APNA! Which opportunity will be how you get involved?
  • Nominate yourself or another APNA member for a position on the 2017 Board of Directors by April 19
  • Salute an exceptional colleague by nominating them for the 2017 APNA Annual Awards by April 18
  • Help shape the future of psychiatric-mental health nursing by encouraging students to apply for the 2017 Board of Directors Student Scholarship by May 8
  • Get involved on a local level by checking to see if your APNA chapter is hosting a conference


Member News
Celeste Johnson named Vice President of Nursing, Behavioral Health, at Parkland Health & Hospital System; Kathleen Lehmann named recipient of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 2017 Certified Nurse Awards; Bernadette Melnyk reappointed as Dean through 2022, named Vice President for Health Promotion at the Ohio State University. (Learn More)


Strategic Update: Whole Health Begins with Mental Health
Last month, leaders from APNA Chapters and Councils across the country met with the APNA Board of Directors to inform the Board as it set the organization’s strategic direction. The full day of discussion centered on President Kris McLoughlin’s theme for the year, Whole Health Begins with Mental Health. In one strategic exercise, leaders envisioned an ideal world 5 years from now where mental health is widely seen at the foundation for overall health throughout America. (See how these nurse leaders view the future of psych nursing.)


Resource Roundup

  • Position Paper: Whole Health Begins with Mental Health
  • Press Release: APNA releases new position paper on proactive health care policies; Registration has opened for the 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
  • Free CE: College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists course on binge-eating disorder
  • APNA Advocacy: New letter from nursing organizations in support of high quality affordable health care to 45th President and 115th Congress 

New Members: 498 New Members since January!


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