In Memory of Marlene Nadler-Moodie

Marlene Nadler-MoodieMarlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

“I think psychiatric-mental health nurses can be anywhere and everywhere. I’d like future psych nurses to be open, to be in leadership positions, to be in the community, to be advocates – we can be really anything!”  - Marlene, 2019

A long-time member of APNA, Marlene Nadler-Moodie's contributions to the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession are innumerable. She was a dedicated advocate for persons with mental health needs and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Throughout her career, she was a champion for fighting stigma and reducing the use of seclusion and restraint. She served as President of APNA from 2011-2012 and President of her APNA California Chapter, was named APNA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse of the Year in 2009, and was a recipient of the APNA Award for Distinguished Service in 2019. She was integral in the creation of the APNA Position on the Use of Seclusion & Restraint, the APNA Seclusion & Restraint Standards of Practice, and education on this topic.

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Mary Ann Nihart
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at 11:39 AM

Marlene, colleague, friend, and counselor, was the reason I returned to an active role in APNA. She was relentless in pursuit of a cause. Her dear friend, Ann, and Marlene asked me to present at a California Chapter meeting and then teamed up to recruit me for the Chapter Board and there was no saying no. I miss her passion, her confidence, and her practical, matter of fact nature. I celebrate her life, her contributions and may her voice live in my mind for a very long time. I miss her deeply.

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Suzane Wilbur
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at 01:09 PM

I had not previously heard the sad, heartbreaking, news of Marlene's passing away. Kathy Johnson and others have captured the essence of Marlene's spirit and her unflagging dedication to all things nursing, especially psychiatric nursing. I am one of those people that she inspired to become active in APNA and I knew her for many years. I worked with Marlene intensely during the year that she was President of APNA California and I was the Treasurer. Although we did not agree on everything, my respect for her and for her dedication to APNA has never wavered. I send my sincere condolences to her family, her friends, and to all of those that were very close to her. We have lost a true champion of psychiatric nursing. Things won't be the same without her.

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CAPT Jean Fisak
Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 01:56 PM

I met Marlene in San Diego when I was new to the Navy and to psychiatric nursing. That was 21 years ago. She was very passionate about the profession and also encouraged me to join APNA. She was inspirational. When I became the California Chapter President Elect and President, she was always available for mentorship. Her love of the profession led to cultivating future leaders. I will miss you Marlene.

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Jim Kane
Posted Apr 05, 2021 at 12:27 PM

I'm deeply saddened by this passing of nursing icon and passionate hero for the stigmatized and under-priviliged. Marlene was friend and generous colleague. Her legacy can live on, yet we will miss her. He is my not for ISPN;

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Beth Phoenix
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at 02:01 PM

Marlene was a dear friend, a mentor and most of all an inspiration. She preceded me as APNA President and was so generous with her time showing me the ropes. Marlene was a woman of strong convictions who got things done and made a significant impact on the quality of inpatient psychiatric care through her work on seclusion and restraint reduction. So many of us have benefited from Marlene's warm but firm encouragement to get involved and stay involved in APNA as we expanded our networks of treasured colleagues. I will miss Marlene's presence, but as with other important people I have lost, I will always carry her in my heart and do my best to live up to her expectations because I know she's watching!

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Jeanne Clement-Alvarez
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at 12:33 PM

It was not unexpected to receive this news. That did not make it any easier to read. Any loss of a colleague and friend is difficult. With Marlene it goes beyond that. I have known Marlene for many years, even before she became an enthusiastic educator of psychiatric nurses and skillful psychiatric nurse clinician as well as a leader in the field. I first meet Marlene when she was a student at Hunter/Bellevue School of Nursing in New Your City. She was my student, one every educator should have. She was (would you believe) eager, questioning, dedicated to learning and practice. She graduated, I left New Jersey/New York for Ohio. APNA brought us back together some years later. I was sitting in a session when I felt a tap on my shoulder. "Hi Dr. Clement, remember me??" We both became involved in growing professionally by promoting, working for, developing and guiding the path of the organization in company with a growing cadre of incredible psychiatric nurses. The last communication I had with Marlene was on Valentines Day. She sent a card and I responded. As I sit at the computer today my eyes are wet, my heart saddened by her loss but grateful for her life and what she brought to her students, colleagues, clients and APNA. My heart goes out to her family she loved so dearly. Rest in Peace my friend.

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Luc R. Pelletier, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at 11:38 AM

Marlene's indefatigable spirit and quest for excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing led to innovations in nursing regionally and nationally. She was a steward of trauma-informed care in the psychiatric inpatient setting with a special emphasis on behavioral health issues in general hospital populations. Marlene shared her knowledge and expertise generously. Her innovations have informed local and national policy regarding nursing care in behavioral health. Her impact on nursing practice will live on forever.

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Kathy Brotzge
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at 04:13 PM

I met Marlene when I became a Chapter President. She was so supportive and positive. She passed on to me her love of APNA and I’m sure many others. She was a wonderful leader and advocate.

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Barbara Warren
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at 01:06 PM

Marlene combined all the facets of a truly compassionate individual who brought this compassion with a fervor into her everyday existence as a wife, mother, grandmother and psychiatric mental health nurse.

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Shirlee Proctor Davidson
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 03:34 PM

I loved Marlene's enthusiasm, compassion and humor that kept everything in perspective while tackling really tough issues. Her legacy will remain, but she will certainly be missed!

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Carole Ball
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 03:12 PM

Marlene was a compassionate person whose compassion revealed itself in her work for people struggling with mental illness. She will be missed.

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Rhonna Porch
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 02:51 PM

Marlene was a great advocate for the mentally ill as well as a great educator, collaborator, and friend. I will never forget her enthusiasm, wit, and sense of humor. She deserves much honor and respect. She was a delight to work with and will be dearly missed.

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Cheryl Puntil
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 01:50 PM

Marlene encouraged me to get involved in the APNA California Chapter and then with the national initiatives with suicide prevention. She was a great mentor for me and friend. She filled the role of President of the California Chapter when I moved to Hawaii and stepped up as she always encouraged others to do. She walked the walk for sure. Marlene will be terribly missed as she has had an impact on many of the nursing leaders of today. May you rest in peace Marlene, you have fought the long hard battle.

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Diane Hickman
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 01:47 PM

Marlene was a legendary psychiatric mental health nursing leader. Among the many things she contributed to our profession and the millions of people who live with mental illness, I think the most notable is restraint seclusion reduction. Fortunately, untold numbers of people will not suffer the trauma of such barbaric treatment during the most vulnerable moments of their psychiatric mental heath crises. I think most of us didn't believe we could change, but now thanks to Marlene's fearless fight, younger psychiatric mental health nurses will not know that restraints and seclusion were routinely used in acute psychiatric inpatient settings. Thank you Marlene! You are a hero to countless people who will never even know your name.

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Nick Croce
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at 10:04 AM

Marlene was an extraordinary human being and incomparable nurse, an advanced practice nurse certified as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing. She performed that special role of consultative liaison which called on her to advise other nurses on care of patients with mental illness or substance use disorders. It was a role that came naturally to her. Marlene possessed special abilities to impart to others her vast experience and expertise. She had a genuine way about her that instantly connected her to people. During her many years of practice, she had a sincere impact on other nurses, patients and their families. She fought against stigma on patients with mental illness as well as the stigma felt by psych nurses. She was renowned champion in the reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint. She was very smart, but she was also very wise. Smart people know things, but wise people know how to make those things useful and meaningful to others. She was an unfailing friend who could be depended upon and she always came through. I was fortunate that Marlene took me under her wing and mentored me in the art and science of working with psychiatric nurses. Marlene was a warm loving wife and mother. I am eternally grateful for her love and friendship. I will miss my very good friend. May she rest in eternal peace!

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Deborah Johnson, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at 01:36 PM

As both a member of APNA and current president of ISPN, I will share that ISPN Board of Directors joins APNA in recognizing Marlene Nadler-Moodie. She was a mentor to me when I was president of APNA CA Chapter, and in her usual heroic form, she stepped up for another year as president (amidst her battle with lung cancer, no less) when an unanticipated vacancy left a void. Her historical knowledge and visionary view shed bright light and direction for those who came up behind her. Marlene’s drive and fortitude gave the world 10 more years of inspiration that cancer might have stolen. Yet, it is difficult to hear that the battle has ended. She was one very strong woman and leader whose inspiration and influence are as difficult to count as the stars.

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Lisa Nguyen
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at 08:01 PM

Marlene leaves with us many legacies. She was a champion for fighting stigma and reducing the use of seclusion and restraint. She was a fearless leader and a compassionate colleague. Within our APNA community there are many who have felt her warm strength and benefitted from her practical wisdom. It will take us all time to reflect, and share, and celebrate this incredible woman who did so much for psychiatric-mental health nursing. I invite our community to come together and collectively pay tribute to Marlene by sharing remembrances here and on Member Bridge. We celebrate this truly remarkable woman who was important to so many of us - and to APNA.

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