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An institute provides direct input to the Board of Directors through the Office of the President on an assigned psychiatric-mental health nursing issue that spans virtually all aspects of the profession. It is similar to a task force except that its mission may require several years to complete, while a task force generally completes its work in about a year. The purpose of an institute is to utilize membership expertise in the development of programs and services aimed at addressing the institute's main focus through a series of chaired workgroups.
Councils are comprised of a group of members with similar interests in an aspect of psychiatric mental health nursing not addressed elsewhere within APNA. Councils are approved by and report to the APNA Board of Directors. Council chairs will study and review issues pertinent to the council's area of interest and expertise and make recommendations to the Board for the following:
• Position or policy statements
• New programs or activities
• Committee or task force membership
Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC - Chair
Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS - Associate Chair
Addictions Council for APNA Members*
Avni Cirpili, MSN, RN - Chair
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APNA's most valuable asset is You
Member involvement is what shapes and drives APNA. Here are ways that you can get involved and join nurses from all over in advancing and advocating for psychiatric-mental health nursing:
Committees, Institutes, & Councils
APNA members play a key role in the organization's direction and policies through their involvement in its institutes, councils, committees, and task forces.
Board of Directors
Committees & Task Forces
How to Join a Committee
Committees on Member Bridge
You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.
Each year the Scholarly Review Committee members evaluate the submitted Annual Conference abstract proposals. These scores and comments are used to determine what pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations are given at the conference.
2016 Scholarly Review Committee
Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
The APNF Grant Review Committee evaluates research proposals submitted by APNA members. Priority for funding is based upon the project’s scientific merit, potential for knowledge development, and relevance to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Click here for more information about the grant itself.
Diane E. Allen MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC - Chair
Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC - Associate Chair
The Institute for Safe Environments (ISE) provides an integrated structure designed to thoughtfully address issues that impact the safety of persons served as well as service providers.
Identify issues related to safe environments
Explore current evidence related to issues
Recommend strategies to promote safe, evidence-based, best practices
Institute for Safe Environments Members
Institute for Safe Environments
Member Bridge Communities
ISE Advisory Panel
ISE Steering Committee
Want to get involved?
Join the ISE on Member Bridge!
How to join
Key Components/Elements of a “Safe” Environment
Identified by members of the Institute for Safe Environments
Click on the links below to view the responsibilities and qualifications of each leadership position currently open within APNA:
President-Elect, APNA Board of Directors
Secretary, APNA Board of Directors
Member at Large, APNA Board of Directors
Nominating Committee Member
Click here to download a pdf file of the APNA Bylaws.
When we started this year’s nomination & elections process, we told you that participating made you a part of something BIG. Your influence gets even bigger when you cast your vote for one of the outstanding leaders on this year’s ballot. During the next sixty days, I hope that you will join the other 10,500 APNA members in voting for someone from a field of excellent candidates.
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