January 2019 APNA President's Message
Connect with APNA
Gail Stern, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
I believe in the power of connection. You may have gathered that from the theme I chose for this year: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection. Connection is at the heart of what we do. I believe that's why most of us go into this work - because connection is a priority for us. I also believe that's why we join APNA - because it provides us with rich connections with our colleagues.
There are so many opportunities this time of year to connect to your association of professionals. I made a list of a few of them below because I want to challenge you to take advantage of one (or more). Doing so will help you truly engage with the organization that exists to support you, me, and our colleagues:
- Collaborate on an abstract for the APNA Annual Conference
- Apply to receive funding for your research via an APNA Research Grant
- Throw your hat in the ring for a position on the APNA Board of Directors or 2020 Nominating Committee
- Meet your colleagues face-to-face at one of APNA's 2019 conferences
I look forward to connecting with you and "let the good times roll" at the APNA 33rd Annual Conference, this October 2-5, in New Orleans!