Award for Distinguished Service

The APNA Award for Distinguished Service is intended as recognition for commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity and exceptional and meritorious service to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. This service may include, but is not limited to: officer, board member, state or regional representative, task forces or committees of either national APNA or its affiliated chapters and those individuals who may not have held office but provided outstanding service to psychiatric-mental health nursing through membership in APNA. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.



  1. Demonstrates consistent leadership in promoting and advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  2. Is recognized by colleagues in the profession for outstanding service in the areas of public advocacy, organizational leadership, education or research.
  3. Has demonstrated dedicated service and sustained commitment to furthering the development of APNA and its members.
  4. Has attended at least two (2) APNA conferences in the past five (5) years.



  • Click here and click the Register button to create an account. New this year: Even if you have submitted a nomination in the past, you will need to create an account. If the system says you have an account but you do not know your password, please click Forgot Password.
  • On the My Programs screen, select APNA Annual Awards from the dropdown menu and then press the Create button. (If you do not see the dropdown menu, please click My Dashboard in your navigation.)
  • Complete the online nomination form. Please note: you must be an APNA member to submit a nomination.
    • Use the tabs to navigate through each section of the form and remember to hit the Save as draft button as you go.
    • When completing the form, be sure to include specific examples of how the nominee has achieved excellence in their area, what makes the nominee stand out in the profession, and what the nominee has accomplished that meets the award criteria.
  • Find a reference to also complete the form and support your nomination. The reference does not need to be an APNA member.
    • Once you have selected a reference, go to the reference tab of your nomination. Enter their name and email address to generate an email request with a link to submit their letter of reference.
    • In order to be considered, each nomination must have both a nominator and a reference.
  • Once your nomination is complete, press the Submit Final Nomination button. Be sure to submit your completed nomination (with reference) by April 23, 2021.

Past Recipients: 2019 - Marlene Nadler-Moodie  |   2018 - Michael Rice  |  2017 - Cheryl Puntil  |  2016 - Julie Carbray  |  2015 - Jeanne Clement  | 2014 - Ruth Staten  |  2013 - Helen Birkbeck  2012 - Mary Moller  |  2011 - Shirley Smoyak  |  More


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