July 2020 President's Message
Recharging Through Connection
APNA President Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
The past few months have been hectic, to say the least. Times like these make it even more important to focus on the positive and celebrate the difference we make. Hildegard Peplau once said, “I stood taller than the rest.” She may have just been talking about her stature, but as we all know, Hildegard stood tall as a psychiatric-mental health nurse. As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we stand tall in providing crucial care to individuals who need it. We proudly support our patients on their journey to whole health at all times.
This fall’s APNA 34th Annual Conference theme, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners in the Journey to Whole Health, focuses on partnership as a core component of what we do. Through our practice, education, research, and administration, we co-create wellness for individuals, families, and communities. The conference is the single best source for education around caring for persons with mental health disorders. With a registration that includes 120+ contact hours, it is also an incredible deal for the cost. Beyond contact hours, this year’s virtual setting will offer unique opportunities for us to connect with our community. With dedicated activities to encourage interaction, the ability to ask questions in real time during sessions, interactive poster presentations, and a few fun surprises, we will be able to feel the warmth of connection even as we practice social distancing.
I am excited to share my pride in psychiatric-mental health nursing with you during my President's Address, where I will provide actionable strategies for supporting our own mental health as we forge the critical connections at the core of our profession. I'm also excited for our keynote speaker, Kelley Johnson, MSN, FNP, who inspired the #NursesUnited campaign after controversy broke out over her nursing monologue at the Miss America pageant in 2015. What better way for nurses to unite than at a conference that reignites our passion for our profession?
Join your psychiatric-mental health nursing community for five days of crucial updates on the evolving science, newest care models, and emerging research in our field. Your journey to the APNA 34th Annual Conference awaits!