Why Join?

Join Now!Through APNA, our more than 15,000 members are connected with a dynamic community of psychiatric mental health nurses, exceptional resources and programs, and opportunities to advance the care and treatment of persons with mental health disorders.

Continuing Education & Professional Growth

  • Enhance your PMH nursing knowledge with APNA’s more than 230 online continuing education sessions, ebooks, and more (> 250 contact hours!) - APNA members get 4 free options each month, plus you can use your member bonus points to access the content of your choice in the APNA eLearning Center at little to no cost.
  • Learn the latest best practices in psychiatric mental health nursing or share your expertise as a presenter at the Annual Conference.
  • Receive cutting edge psychopharmacology CNE at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute or online with over 35 sessions available for pharmacology credits.
  • Expand your local connections by participating in your chapter regional events and educational opportunities.
  • Apply for grants and scholarships from the APNA Foundation Committee.
  • Manage your resumes, browse job postings specific to your search criteria, and access career advice with APNA CareerLine.

Networking & Information Access

  • Connect with your fellow members and benefit from each other’s expert knowledge through Member Bridge, APNA’s networking and discussion site.
    • Participate in the All Purpose Discussion Forum for the latest hot topics, tips, and advice from your APNA colleagues.
    • Connect with a mentor or mentee through Mentor Match, APNA's online tool to connect prospective mentors and mentees.
  • Access current evidence-based PMH nursing research with a free subscription to our bi-monthly Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA).
  • Enrich your nursing practice with the wealth of resources available in our online Resource Center:  position papers, guides, kits, and tools specific to topic areas within PMH nursing, as well as medication updates, graduate programs listing, and more. 
  • Become a part of a collegial community and make an impact on your field by joining one of APNA’s volunteer committees.
  • Stay up-to-date on your association and info relevant to PMH nursing through our monthly newsletter, APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice.
  • Lend your support to APNA’s alliances with key stakeholders in order to promote mental health and nursing.
  • Enjoy Digital Membership with the American Nurses Association - access a network of nurses from across disciplines, ANA online publications, free & discounted programs and continuing education, and more.


What APNA Members are saying:

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

"I feel that since I have joined APNA (within the last two years) and have become BC, I have become more involved in my practice and have been able to share more information with my co-workers. Even though I have been in the psych field since 1984, there have been many changes and APNA has kept me abreast of these. I thank you for your important work!"

"As a new member I have found validation from reading the open forum [Member Bridge] and attending the national conference. Mental Health is frequently overlooked by our healthcare peers and lawmakers alike. Collectively, we have a stronger voice, and a better chance at enacting a positive change for those we care for."

"I love the national conferences and on-line eLearning!"

"The information you provide is valuable to those of us who do not have the time or energy to gain this information individually. I believe APNA is probably the most informative nursing organization and really keeps in touch with its' members."

"At times psych nursing can be a lonely experience, however APNA has provided me with a support system to turn to when the challenges are overwhelming. Once again thank you and I look forward to continuing my membership."

"Keep up the great job! The 25th Annual Conference was fantastic, the Recovery Committee is on the cutting edge, Medicare reform-input is wonderful!"

"I have found your resources to be of great asset, such as reading the research articles that are published in JAPNA are educational and informative. I use them to guide my nursing practice. The research articles that APNA is providing I feel are fundamental to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing field as it is providing us with the evidence to form our policies and procedures and/or our protocols for treatment. It is influencing the psychiatric field by providing the research to influence change in staffing ratios on inpatient psychiatric hospitals. The opportunity to collaborate with other psychiatric nurses throughout the United States is bringing a unity to the psychiatric nursing field, and we will one day be able to develop protocols for specific diagnosis or develop specific evidenced treatment modalities that are used consistently across the nation."

"As individuals we are neither positioned nor capable of wielding the influence that the association can provide. We look to you to be our voice in all things related to psychiatric nursing practice."
Questions about membership? Contact our Membership Department at membership@apna.org.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accredition.



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