2020 APNA Secretary's Report

Dear Colleagues,

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 1, 2019, February 19-20, 2020, and June 10, 2020. Conference calls were held on November 12, 2019; December 10, 2019; January 14, 2020; March 10, 2020; April 14, 2020; May 12, 2020; July 14, 2020; August 11, 2020; and September 8, 2020.

Membership has increased since the last activity report. Current membership is up 5% at 14,570, with a 6.5% increase in renewals and a 1.2% increase in new members as compared to 2019. Our retention rate is a healthy 85% and our membership is currently 55.66% RN and 44.34% APRN.

The website continues to help APNA serve as your resource for psychiatric-mental health nursing. This year, APNA created a robust website section devoted to resources and information to help psychiatric-mental health nurses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 an SBIRT Pocket Card for Nurses, a Nurses Guide to Mental Health Support and Services, and a stress self-assessment with targeted resources.

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 373 sessions are available to access online, altogether offering 414.2 contact hours. ‘Free CE of the Month’ provides members with access to four free podcasts with contact hours each month. This year APNA also released two new free sessions to help nurses manage increased stress during this time: Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practical Application and Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19: The Community Resiliency Model. Also, the two Medications for Addictions Treatment webinars, available at no cost in partnership with the Provider’s Clinical Support System, were updated with new and enhanced content.

Our online community site Member Bridge continues to offer valuable connection for members. The community provides more than 107,000 resources, discussion posts, and blogs and members have logged in more than 924,000 times to access this content. This year, members sent more than 24,000 messages and wrote more than 8,000 posts in their communities. This site serves as a dynamic source for the collective wisdom, experiences, and concerns shared by the profession.
I hope that you will join me in celebrating the growth that APNA has seen this past year – it is a collective effort that reflects your dedication and expertise as members of your association of professionals.

Respectfully submitted,

Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Secretary
American Psychiatric Nurses Association

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