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Get involved & Connect 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   Institutes   Councils   Committees & Task Forces   How to Join a Committee   Committees on Member Bridge   Chapters You can also get involved in APNA at the local chapter level.

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.

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.

Child and Adolescent Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Goals The APNA Child and Adolescent Council will work collaboratively to respond to membership's questions or concerns about best practice, current policy and procedures. The council will advise the board on all things child and adolescent, acknowledge APNA members who are positive role models for Child & Adolescent nursing practice and identify avenues for APNA to provide and maintain a strong national presence.

 May 2016 Dear Colleagues, 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.

Chairs Diane E. Allen MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC - Chair Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC - Associate Chair   Vision 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.   Goals 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   1.

RN-PMH Council Communities Advisory Panel Steering Committee APNA members must log in to view members only content. Want to get involved? Join the Council on Member Bridge! How to join List of Council Members Mission Statement It is the mission of the APNA RN-PMH Council to identify issues, gather pertinent information to better understand these issues, and develop recommendations to the Board of Directors on projects or positions that APNA should undertake.   Goals To represent the identity and voice of the Psychiatric Mental Health Staff Nurse, the RN-PMH Council will: Implement the processes and procedures necessary to carry out the role, mission and vision of the Council Establish Council project priorities based on the survey of psychiatric nurses conducted earlier this year Establish a Steering Committee to organize and facilitate the work necessary to address targeted priorities Establish Working Committees and identify Advisory Panel members, as necessary, to work on specific priorities Work collaboratively with the other APNA Councils and as part of the Inner Council Task Force to represent the RN-PMH Identify and submit RN-PMH Council Members for consideration and membership on the APNA Rapid Response Team .

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 Chair Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN Associate Chair Brenda G.




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2016 APNA Elections Results
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