Membership in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Did you know that the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is one of the largest psychiatric-mental health nursing membership organizations? APNA represents more than 13,000 psychiatric-mental health nurses at all levels of education who work in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, research, education, administration, clinical, private practice, military, and forensic. APNA also has membership for full-time students and retired registered nurses. Together, we advance the concept that whole health begins with mental health.


Participate in your profession’s development: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association provides a forum for the exchange of information among psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues, whose expertise covers all facets of the profession. APNA Membership leads to a personal enrichment that ultimately benefits patients with mental illness or substance use disorders. Learn More


What Our Members Say

"As a nascent nurse entering the field, it provides me with a sense of support, acceptance, & encouragement that validates my career goals & directions. I’ve never felt such belonging in a professional sense!"

"We are passionate about our role as psychiatric nurses, and advocating for the patient will be our greatest accomplishment. Often they have no voice...we are their voice."

"I would like to encourage more nurses to join APNA – I think it would boost their knowledge, morale, and benefit patients."

"I really value my membership in APNA. It is the only organization that really 'gets' what I do. (I am an APN psychotherapist and also teach mental health nursing.)"

"I think we just get better each day, each year and the sky's the limit. Keep up the great work - leading us into a very bright future - making a difference every day in the lives of psychiatric nurses and those for whom they care."

"How deeply I value and appreciate this fine organization! It is the best professional organization I have enjoyed in over 30 years as a nurse. Thank you!"

"I very much value Member Bridge. It has been a great resource for asking questions & seeing responses from others. It has been helpful in my past & current practice roles."

"I am new to this area and I am impressed with the resources, information, and help that this organization provides. Keep up the good work."

"The community and support offered to me straight out of school has been a great "security blanket" as a new PMHNP. I know there are nurses with a deep knowledge base in a wide variety of employment settings willing to answer my questions."


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