Past APNA Student Scholars Testimonials

Joseph Griffey
Joseph Griffey
Featured Scholar: Joseph Griffey

"Being an APNA Board of Directors Scholar this past year has been my golden ticket. It has offered me access to a world where everything about what the profession offers, as alluded to in nursing school, and so much more, has come to fruition. I can tell you about opportunities for professional growth, service, and overcoming challenges; you know things that have become buzz words in the professional service-oriented world, but if I did that, I would not be sharing the heart of my experience as an APNA BOD scholar. For me the best part about being a BOD scholar has been the support and reassurance I receive, the opportunity to connect with people across the nation with the click of a button, and the opportunity to engage in the nursing profession." Read More

Comments from past APNA Student Scholars:

"I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to attend this conference. Without the support of the Janssen student scholarship program, attending the APNA conference is an experience I would not likely have had until later in my career. My excitement for PMH nursing was renewed and I gained a wealth of information...that has improved my own practice and renewed my energy for improving and propelling the profession."

2015 APNA Board of Directors Scholars
2015 Board of Directors Scholars

“I utilized the great opportunity to seek and obtain my future mentors during the conference. Most of them have had a tremendous amount of clinical, research, advocacy, and leadership experiences in the field. I had a very insightful conversation with each of them. I also learned about their significant contributions to psych/mental health and I felt even more delighted and proud to be in the field. Having this networking experience also sparked my desire to further advance my nursing education, and also renewed my excitement about the profession that I am in.”

“As an APNA BOD Scholar, I intend to share my experience at the APNA conference with my fellow students and colleagues to increase my advocacy for the profession and play an integral role in strengthening others' networking and leadership opportunities which can make them more and more involved in PMH movement and activities.”

"I was introduced to the expansive and close-knit network of advanced practice nurses, many of whom appear to be embracing nursing roles as leaders, researchers, educators, healers and advocates with such passion and abandon."

"I was able to discuss the transition from nursing student to new grad with many practice and education leaders. I felt encouraged to pursue a more unconventional path (only RN at a community mental health center) and feel that I have lots of ideas for shaping my role."

Scholars Speak: Video Testimonials from Past Student Scholars

Continued involvement in APNA:

APNA student scholars continue to be involved in APNA throughout their PMH nursing careers. Past scholars have presented at Annual Conferences, served on committees, and assumed leadership positions in their chapters and at the national level.

For example, in late 2011, the Board of Directors reached out to the APNA Scholars for help in obtaining background information to inform APNA's strategic planning process. Volunteer student scholars conducted environmental scans on key psychiatric-mental health nursing issues identified by the membership and submitted a report sharing their findings. Click on the links below to view their reports:

Quality Indicators | Seclusion & Restraint | Suicide Prevention | Workplace Violence



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