January 2020 President's Message
Embracing the Year of the Nurse
Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
As nurses, we know that we are more than capable of meeting the rising demand for quality mental healthcare. But we also know that there are too few nurses of all stripes to answer that call. I’m sure some of you have found yourselves as the sole provider of care for your patients, increasing the significance of the relationship and the partnership nature of our PMH nursing practice. So, let’s get those good nursing vibes going by embracing the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife! With this theme, we will highlight the continuing need for increased investments in the nursing workforce and celebrate our contributions.
We take pride in the care and treatment we provide; however, we sometimes forget to take pride in the impact we have as a community that thrives in forming connections with patients and with each other! In order to be counted accurately and considered in mental health policy decisions we need to provide data to inform stakeholders about who we are and what we do. Remember, we are proud partners in the journey to whole health – not silent partners!
APNA will be sending out a workforce survey soon. I urge you to respond so that we can all have a better understanding of our collective impact. With this information, we can work to advance the visibility of our profession and improve access to the care we provide. Special thanks to the APNA Workforce Task Force who developed this survey.
Now – back to celebrating! Y’all have such great stories about the exceptional work you are doing. Won’t you consider sharing some of that evidence by submitting an abstract for the APNA 34th Annual Conference? The Annual Conference Call for Abstracts is open and submissions are due by March 2. I also hope to see you at upcoming APNA conferences this spring. The APNA Clinical Pharmacology Institute (including the West Coast edition!) focuses on integrating cutting-edge neurobiology and psychopharmacology into your clinical nursing practice. Earn contact hours in pharmacology while connecting with your colleagues and refreshing your spirit.
Happy Year of the Nurse and Midwife everyone! I celebrate you – the psychiatric-mental health nurse and dedicated partner in the journey to whole health.