2017 APNA Secretary's Report
The APNA Secretary is responsible for corporate records and taking meeting minutes during official meetings of the APNA Board of Directors. During the past year, the Board of Directors conducted face-to-face meetings on October 18, 2016, February 23, 2017, and June 7-8, 2017. Conference calls were held on November 8, 2016, December 13, 2016, January 10, 2017, February 14, 2017, March 14, 2017, April 11, 2017, May 9, 2017, July 11, 2017, August 8, 2017, and September 12, 2017.
Membership has increased since the last activity report. Based on dues revenue collected from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017, there has been an increase of 4.1 % over the same period last year. Current membership as of September 30, 2017 is 11,546. New members from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 are 2,922, and is an increase over the same period a year ago of 1.0% .
The website continues to help APNA serve as your resource for psychiatric-mental health nursing. Visits to the site are up 23.53%, with 27.86% more people visiting our site this year than last. The number of pages viewed by visitors increased 21.56% since last year. APNA also continues to issue press releases and make use of a broad range of social media platforms to disseminate information and engage with the public.
Since its launch in 2011, your resource for online continuing nursing education, the APNA eLearning Center, has seen almost 99,000 orders. More than 210 sessions are available to access online, altogether offering 237.75 contact hours. Members enjoyed free access to nearly all of this content February 14-March 15. In April of this year we launched ‘Free CE of the Month’, which provides members with access to four free CE podcasts each month. At the end of July we happily announced a transition to a new, more user friendly eLearning platform.
Our online community site Member Bridge continues to grow in scope and utility for the members. Unique visits to the site have increased 22.34% with 131,735 total visits this year. More than 6,281 discussion posts have been written in more than 250 communities since October of 2016. In the All-Purpose Discussion Forum alone, members posted 3,365 messages over the past year.
For more detailed statistics on the above, please see the full reports in the Appendix.
Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
American Psychiatric Nurses Association