Award for Excellence in Practice - RN-PMH

The APNA Award for Excellence in Practice - RN-PMH recognizes an APNA RN-PMH who provides or promotes exemplary psychiatric-mental health nursing practice to patients, families and populations. The individual must have been a member of APNA for at least two years.



  1. An APNA RN-PMH who demonstrates effective, collaborative nursing practice toward the achievement of optimal clinical outcomes for patients, families and populations.
  2. Shows evidence of promoting the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty through patient and public advocacy.
  3. Shows evidence of mentorship and supervision of other nurses.
  4. Shows evidence of continuously improving his/her skills and knowledge base through a variety of self-enhancement activities.

Past Recipients: 2019 - Vanessa H. Barlow  |  2017 - Aimee-Lynn Sheltry  |  2016 - Heike Barnett  |  2015 - Janette O'Connor  |  2014 - Michael Polacek  |  2013 - Donna Riemer  |  2012 - Martin Bosch  |  2011 - Marcia Melby  |  2010 - Sherry Davis  |  More

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