Appendix A: Strategic Direction

The APNA Strategic Direction guides the Board of Directors in governance of the association. It focuses their strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. It is a working document, informed by feedback from councils, chapters, and the membership, that undergoes revision and renewal every three years to ensure its relevance.


Core Ideology

APNA's core ideology is our reason for being and the essential and enduring principles that guide our behavior and actions.

APNA's Core Purpose: To be the unifying voice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

To fulfill its current core purpose, APNA pursues and adheres to these Core Values:

  • Empowerment
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Collegiality
  • Innovation
  • Transparency
  • Stewardship

Five-Year Goals

Goal A. APNA will be the indispensable resource for member networking and leadership and professional development.
Goal B. APNA will be the leader in creating strategic alliances with key stakeholders to advance its mission.
Goal C. APNA will be recognized as the expert voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing to stakeholders.
Goal D. APNA will be the leader in integrating research, practice, and education to address mental health policy issues that affect psychiatric-mental health nursing and the population served.


Long-term Envisioned Future

In 10+ years:

APNA will be the recognized leader in advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing to improve the mental health of the population.


Approved by APNA Board of Directors July 14, 2015.


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