Preserving the Past of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

APNA  is working to organize the historical archives for APNA & PMHN. Through our Ensuring the Future while Preserving our Past campaign, this includes gathering the perspectives and memories of our psychiatric mental health nursing icons.

In Memoriam

Amazing Grayce: Play Now

Amazing Grace
A tribute to Grayce Sills, PhD, RN, FAAN.
October 2016
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Living the History of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Video Series

In the APNA Foundation's Living the History video series, see some of our psychiatric-mental health nursing icons share their perspectives and memories of the profession in their own words.

Shirley Smoyak, RN, PhD, FAAN: Watch Now

Shirley Smoyak, RN, PhD, FAAN
As interviewed by Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
August 2013
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Grayce Sills, PhD, RN, FAAN: Watch Now

Grayce Sills, PhD, RN, FAAN
As interviewed by Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN
September 2012 (48:45)
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PMHN Beginnings - Building the Foundation Video Archive

Hildegard Peplau: Watch Now

Hildegard Peplau
As interviewed by Claire Mintzer Fagin
October 1993 (44:08)
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One-to-One Nurse-Patient Relationship: Watch Now

One-to-One Nurse-Patient Relationship
Archived video from 1964
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If you are ready to join the APNA Foundation Ensuring the Future while Preserving our Past campaign, click on one of the following paypal buttons to donate at a comfortable level for you:

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