2019 Secretary's Report
2019 Annual Activity Report
As the Secretary for the APNA Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide you with this annual update on our membership and communications over the past year.
The APNA Secretary is responsible for corporate records and taking meeting minutes during official meetings of the APNA Board of Directors. During the past year, the Board of Directors conducted face-to-face meetings on October 23, 2018, February 22, 2019, and June 5-6, 2019. Conference calls were held on October 9, 2018; November 13, 2018; December 11, 2018; January 8, 2019; February 12, 2019; March 12, 2019; April 9, 2019; May 14, 2019; July 9, 2019; August 13, 2019; and September 10, 2019.
Membership has increased since the last activity report. Based on dues revenue collected from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, there has been an increase of 11.8% over the same period last year. Current membership as of September 30, 2019 is 13,874. New members from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 are 3,904, and is an increase over the same period a year ago of 21.4% .
The website continues to help APNA serve as your resource for psychiatric-mental health nursing. Our website saw more than 500,000 visits this past year. APNA also continues to issue press releases, conduct press outreach, and make use of a broad range of social media platforms to disseminate information and engage with the public. New resources now available on the website thanks to the expertise found within our membership include guidance on precepting and mentorship, a checklist providing considerations for prescribing or providing care to persons undergoing ketamine infusion therapy, and a tip sheet for new nurses.
Understanding that enhancing the image of our profession is a priority for building our future workforce, this year APNA issued a report that highlights the pivotal role of psychiatric-mental health nurses to the public. Press outreach around this report resulted in media coverage in more than 130 outlets, including several in-depth interviews with APNA President Gail Stern. To see some highlights from this press coverage, click here.
Since its launch in 2011, your resource for online continuing nursing education, the APNA eLearning Center, continues to grow in scope and reach. More than 362 sessions are available to access online, altogether offering 439.25 contact hours. ‘Free CE of the Month’ provides members with access to four free CE podcasts each month. Notably, this year updated several key programs to ensure continued relevance: The Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders series, the Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver Training webinars, our suicide prevention trainings, and more. APNA also released a new certificate program this year which focuses on sharpening PMH nursing skills of assessment and intervention using principles of neurobiology: Understanding the Brain Behavior Connection.
Our online community site Member Bridge continues to offer much for members. The community provides more than 95,000 resources, discussion posts, and blogs and members have logged in more than 780,000 times to access this content. This year, members sent more than 23,000 messages and wrote more than 7,000 posts in their communities. This site serves an excellent repository for the collective wisdom, experiences, and concerns shared by the profession.
I hope that you will join me in celebrating the incredible growth in that we have seen this past year – it is a collective effort that reflects the dedication and expertise of you, the APNA membership.
Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
American Psychiatric Nurses Association