Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN

The APNA Award for Excellence in Leadership - RN recognizes an APNA member who demonstrates unique leadership qualities through significant contributions to an organization, a community, the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty or the nursing profession. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.



  1. Shows evidence of participating in the improvement of organizational performance to positively impact patient care in work settings and organizational settings (local, state and/or national levels).
  2. Shows evidence of continuously improving his/her skills and knowledge base through a variety of self-enhancement activities.
  3. Shows evidence of mentoring others in their development as psychiatric-mental health nurses by example and teaching peers and other health care workers in work settings and organizational settings.
  4. Shows evidence of participating in political activities associated with psychiatric-mental health issues.

Past Recipients: 2019 - Brynne Delaney Calleran  |  2018 - LCDR Jacqueline Lopez  |  2017 - Marybeth McManus  2016 - Kristen Kichefski   2015 - Diane Allen  |  2014 - Michele Moreau  |  2013 - Judy Linn  |  2012 - Anne Kelly  |  More

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