The secretary prepares and keeps board meeting minutes and sees that all meeting notices are given in accordance with the bylaws or as required by law; and serves as custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the association. Full Description

Evelyn PerkinsEvelyn Perkins, MS, RN, PMH-BC, NE-BC

Present Position

Co-Chair, APNA Forensic Council
Behavioral Health Consultant, Alpha Eta Nursing Sorority


Masters of Science Psychiatric Nursing (MS). St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1979
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). St. Xavier University, Chicago, 1976

APNA Contributions
  • APNA Member since 2009
  • APNA Illinois Chapter
    • President 2013
    • President-Elect 2011
    • BOD Member-at-Large
    • Annual Conference, podium presenter, 2017
  • APNA 31st Annual Conference, podium presenter, 2017
  • Forensic Council Steering Committee, 2016 - present
  • Forensic Council Co-Chair Appointment, 2018
  • JAPNA publication, 2017

Other Experience

  • Nurse Liaison for Substance Use Disorders Return to Work Program, 2005-2020
  • International Conference on Borderline Personality, the Netherlands, podium presenter, 2012
  • Chicago Urban Summit, podium presenter, 2016
  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Chicago Chapter Annual Conference, Keynote 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Excellence in Nursing Leadership, 2013
  • Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Alpha Eta Chapter, Life Member, past Historian
  • National Black Nurses, Trailblazer Award, 2013
  • Archives of Psychiatric Nursing publication, 2011

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because:  I have 30 years of administrative experience in varied clinical settings; inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric consultation liaison, substance abuse, crisis ED and emergency housing. In these varied settings, I employed nurses with different scopes of practice. My own performance reviews referenced my leadership skills as demonstrating a calm approach to unexpected events and creativity in developing the right solutions to manage the unexpected. The 2020 pandemic might leave psychiatric nurses, consumers and communities with more questions than answers. One thing we do know is that uncertainty is anxiety provoking. Leadership in an era of uncertainties will require creativity to manage issues we have not previously experienced. In addition to my clinical skills and creativity, I also have business skills. As a certified nurse executive, I understand Roberts Rules of Order. I know how to capture the essence of conversations and document, so readers appreciate the information. I understand fiscal budgets, metrics and systems interface. If elected I will bring my diverse clinical experiences, my calm approach to the unknown, my passion for mentoring nurses, my creativity and my executive skills to support APNA’s membership.

How I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization:  Sharing my experiences with evidence-based information, grants, documenting findings, abstracts, publications and presentations. I mentored a mentee who wanted to change the use of physician ordered observations. His review of the lit discovered evidence-based research that supported his hypothesis. I co-authored his grant that awarded in 2010 to start the work. It published in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing in 2011. JAPNA published the outcome data in 2017. APNA awarded him the Excellence in Innovation-Individual 2017 Award. I mentored another mentee for a podium presentation at APNA’s 2011 conference. Nurses from the Netherlands attended. They invited us to present at the 2012 International Symposium on BPD. The privilege of being the only nurses presenting among international experts including Linehan, is something my mentee and me will never forget.

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