APNA Members' Corner September 2018


The Psychiatric Nursing Voice

September 2018

APNA Members' Corner


President's Message: Be The Superhero You Are
As fall begins and I prepare wrap up my term of president, I am getting more and more excited for the APNA Annual Conference this October. For me, the conference will represent a culmination of my year as president. Throughout this year I have communicated to you about how we can leverage our expertise and abilities to help change that fact that Americans whose mental health is threatened or who are living with substance use or mental illness symptoms do not have access to the same level of health care as people with other conditions. (Read More)

Nurses in Action: 2018 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
Last issue, we introduced the 2018 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, and the 2018 Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service, Michael Rice, PhD, APRN, FAAN. Now get to know the 8 other recipients before they are honored in person at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference:

Teena McGuinnessTeena McGuinness, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Award for Excellence in Education

“What if we could build effective relationships with students in a web-based environment and help them to become psych APRNs?” asked Teena McGuinness back in 1999. (cont'd)

APNA Florida ChapterAPNA Florida Chapter
Award for Innovation – Chapter

For the APNA Florida Chapter, 2017 was a year of upheaval and innovation. Multiple large-scale disasters impacted their community, and chapter members witnessed firsthand the trauma that such devastation can cause. (cont'd)

Connie MeleConnie Mele, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP
Award for Innovation – Individual

Connie Mele has changed thousands of lives: She created a multi-pronged approach to address the mental health and substance use needs of the jail population while reducing the number of individuals with those needs behind bars. (cont'd)

Tess Judge-EllisTeresa "Tess" Judge-Ellis, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Award for Excellence in Leadership – APRN

As a psychiatric-mental health nurse leader, Tess Judge-Ellis knows the importance of breaking down barriers. “Informed by Hildegard Peplau, our job is to help our patients be empowered to have their own voice,” she explains. (cont'd)

Jacqueline LopezLCDR Jacqueline Lopez, BS
Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

Jacqueline “Jackie” Lopez serves those who serve. Her work raises the standard of care within the military to one that addresses both mental and physical health. (cont'd)

Karen FoliKaren J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN
Award for Media

“Go for it,” was Karen Foli’s response when she saw there was no comprehensive textbook for advanced practice nurses who treat adoptive and kinship families. (cont'd)

Jess CalohanJess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Award for Excellence in Practice - APRN

Jess Calohan’s psychiatric-mental health nursing perspective is informed by his decades of military experience. “After 20-plus years in the army and 3 combat deployments, it’s a big part of my identity,” he says. (cont'd)

Brenda MarshallBrenda Marshall, EdD, PMHNP-BC, ANEF
Award for Excellence in Research

While caring for people with AIDS in the 1980’s, Brenda Marshall witnessed patients being shunned by the public and how this impacted their treatment profoundly, “I realized that the stigma of AIDS was as deadly to the soul as the virus was to the body.” (cont'd)


Member News
Dean Baker discusses Georgia College’s program to address shortage of psychiatric-mental health nurses; Ashley Martin helps expand new medical and psychiatric clinic to improve access to care; Bernadette Melnyk awarded Hillman Foundation Emergent Innovation Grant; Mary Moller, the 2018 APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year, profiled by Pacific Lutheran University; Andrew Penn authors blog on meditation retreats; Kathryn Puskar inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Research Hall of Fame; Roberta Waite appointed executive director of Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center; Barbara Wolfe honored with Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award. Learn More

Ask the Experts: Alcohol and Opioid Use Research
Can't wait for APNA 32nd Annual Conference? Get one last session sneak peak with this Q&A! Presenter Khadejah F. Mahmoud, PhD(c), MSN, will join the hundreds of psychiatric-mental health nursing subject matter experts in Columbus, Ohio from October 24-27. Her session centers on her research on alcohol and opioid use. Click here for Khadejah's thoughts on the importance of this topic, nurses' readiness to address alcohol and opioid use, and more. (And don't forget, pre-registration for the conference closes on October 15, so register now!)

Free CE for Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide prevention and recovery promotion play important roles in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice...And because September is both Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month, two sessions are being offered free of charge for everyone through September 30.

The 2018 SAMHSA Voice Awards
Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosts the Voice Awards, a celebration of consumer leaders and writers and producers of television and film who raise awareness and understanding of mental health/substance use disorders. APNA participated once again as a program partner. APNA members Kathleen McDermott, DNP, APRN, PMHNP BC, and Christine Costa, DNP, APRN, PMHNP BC attended this year's awards ceremony on our behalf. Read their recap here.

Resource Roundup

  • Free CE: ANA Nurse leadership webinar designed for experienced RNs, November 13th at 1 pm ET
  • Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers lessons learned in overcoming barriers to medication assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Press Release: 30 Promising Nursing Students Awarded the 2018 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship; American Psychiatric Nurses Association Welcomes Members to Board of Directors and 2019 Nominating Committee
  • Recovery Resources: Recovery to Practice presents psychopharmacology podcast series

New Members: 673 New Members since July!


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