APNA Members' Corner July 2017


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

July 2017

APNA Members' Corner

President's Message
APNA Nurses in Action
Member News

APNA Annual Awards
APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
APNA 31st Annual Conference

Featured Resource from the CSE
APNA Elections Results
Resource Roundup
New Members



President's Message: The Long and Short of It
What psychiatric-mental health nurses do is complex, nuanced, and rooted in science. That’s why you’ll not see the Annual Conference turned into a Twitter chat, or research articles in JAPNA cut down to a sentence, for example! That being said, our time is also incredibly valuable and that means quick access to up-to-date information is essential. (Read more)


APNA Nurses in Action: Barbara Limandri on Suicide Prevention and Nurses
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse for over 40 years, Dr. Barbara Limandri, PhD, PMHNP, BC understands that her chosen career will put her close to individuals in pain. "It is a hard job, and we must do it," she says. Dr. Limandri is currently applying her expertise to help empower all nurses in the assessment and management of suicide risk. (Hear More from Dr. Limandri on Suicide Prevention.)


Member News
Linda Beeber to join HHS interdepartmental committee on serious mental illness; Bernadette Melnyk receives Sharp Cutting Edge Award; Mona Shattell blogs on mental health for the Huffington Post; Michael Rice Serves on ClearHealth Quality Institute Advisory Panel for development of new mental health parity accreditation program. (Learn More)


Introducing the Recipients of the 2017 APNA Annual Awards
Nine psychiatric-mental health nurses have received the 2017 APNA Annual Awards, which recognize excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing. These members will be honored at the APNA 31st Annual Conference and throughout the year for their demonstrated excellence at their craft. Keep an eye out for profiles of these nurses coming soon. (See the full list of APNA Annual Awards recipients.)


Meet the 2017 Class of the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
The APNA Board of Directors is pleased to introduce the 2017 Class of APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars. These exceptional students were selected to receive complimentary membership for one year in APNA in recognition of their achievements and their dedication to psychiatric-mental health nursing. They will also receive complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA 31st Annual Conference, so please seek out these 30 students and congratulate them! (View the full list of student scholars.)


Registration Open for the APNA 31st Annual Conference
Don't wait - register today for the APNA 31st Annual Conference, to be held October 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona! Conference sessions will explore the theme of Whole Health Begins with Mental Health as it relates to administration, inpatient care, RN & APRN practice, psychopharmacology, current research, and more. The Annual Conference will offer up to 26.25 continuing education contact hours onsite and an additional 100+ contact hours online after the conference. Register now to save $100! (More Info  |  Register now!)


Featured Resource: Safety in Psychiatric Inpatient Care
The APNA Council for Safe Environments (CSE) formed with the intent of promoting safe environments for both nurses and patients. "[Nurses shouldn't] be afraid to be a psychiatric nurse," says Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Chair of the CSE. "Getting hurt is not a part of the job...We take extra special care to assure the safety and well being of patients who require emergency measures." (See the CSE's featured resource.)


APNA Elections Results: Welcome New Board Members & 2018 Nominating Committee!
The results are in – please welcome the new members of the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee! The following members will join the APNA Board of Directors at the APNA 31st Annual Conference in October: Gail R. Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, President-Elect; Joyce M. Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Secretary; Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS, Member-at-Large; Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Member-at-Large. In addition, Sue Brammer, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, Carol Capitano, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, and Barbara Lakatos, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN were elected to serve on the 2018 Nominating Committee. (Get to know the new Board members and Nominating Committee.)


Resource Roundup

New Members: 422 New Members since May!


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