Overview of the Strategic Planning Process

APNA employs a strategic direction, informed by feedback from our councils, chapters, and membership, to guide the Board of Directors in governance of the association. On February 26 and 27, 2015, a strategic planning group consisting of the Board of Directors and senior staff of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) met to update its long-range strategic direction. The result of this meeting was a direction that dovetails with APNA's previous strategic plan and that defines APNA’s future direction. It is the group’s consensus on what will constitute APNA’s future success.

This plan and its successful implementation signals the APNA Board of Directors' commitment to leading the association strategically. The APNA Strategic Direction represents a compass that is used to guide and focus APNA’s future decision-making and ongoing operational work.

One of the challenges that APNA faces is the fact that there is more it can do than it has resources to accomplish. Planning strategically is about identifying a limited number of goals that APNA must undertake in order to move successfully into the future.

In defining APNA's strategic direction, the group identified changes needed to ensure that APNA stays relevant to psychiatric-mental health nursing. The strategic direction is a reminder, as the APNA Board of Directors oversees the development of the annual operational plan, of what must be changed to meet the needs of our members.

Updating the Strategic Direction:
The APNA Strategic Direction is the Board of Directors' working document. The Board of Directors ensures that it stays current, changing and updating the plan on an ongoing basis.


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