APNA Awards & Scholarships

APNA offers awards, recognition, and scholarships each year to practicing, teaching, and aspiring psychiatric-mental health nurses.

Click on the links below to learn more about how we recognize exceptional members of the psychiatric-mental health nursing field:

APNA Annual Awards
The APNA Annual Awards recognize APNA members who demonstrate excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, education, research, leadership, community efforts, and more.

2016 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
Past APNA Annual Awards Recipients

APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship
Through this program, the APNA Board of Directors provides graduate and undergraduate students interested in psychiatric-mental health nursing with registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA Annual Conference, one year complimentary membership in the APNA, and numerous opportunities for mentorship and networking.

2016 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars
Past APNA Student Scholars

Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation
As a part of our effort to assist psychiatric-mental health nurses in prioritizing and providing evidence-based tobacco dependence interventions, APNA, in partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, is supporting 13 members as they implement promising grassroots smoking cessation initiatives.

Awards & Recognition Committee
The members of the Awards & Recognition Committee review both Annual Awards nominations and the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship applications.


The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.