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The principle task of the Nominating Committee is selecting a slate of candidates for the Annual APNA Election and to oversee the electoral process. The Nominating Committee consists of the board appointed chair from APNA membership, one Board member appointed by the Board of Directors, one board appointee from the membership, and three members in good standing elected annually by ballot.
The 2015 APNA Nominating Committee
Ruth "Topsy" Staten, PhD, ARNP-CS-NP- Chair
Genevieve Chandler, RN, PhD
Brenda Marshall, EdD, NP-BC
James McDaniel, EdD, PMHNP-BC, ARNP, MBA
Jeff Ramirez, PhD, PMH-NP, ARNP
Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, APRN-BC (ex-officio)
Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures
Institute for Mental Health Advocacy
Member Bridge Communities
IMHA Advisory Panel
IMHA Steering Committee
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How to join
The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is the conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. The Institute works to inform PMHN nurses about these issues and help coordinate organizational responses.
Provides oversight of and support for the IMHA Steering Committee and Advisory Panel
Facilitates Policy Forums for expert information provided to members and non-members
Disseminates information to APNA and IMHA members regarding advocacy issues and updates on essential resources
Solicits input from APNA members regarding advocacy issues
Reports IMHA activities at the APNA Annual Conference
Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors.
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
Administrative Council for APNA Members*
Sattaria Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC -Chair
Kathryn Johnson, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC - Co-Chair
APRN Council for APNA Members*
Child & Adolescent Council
Julie Carbray, PhD, APN, BC
Kim Cox, MSN, RN, CNSCDR Joseph M. Holshoe, MSN, PMHNP-BCBarbara Limandri, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Christian Teter, PharmD, BCPP - Consultant
Georgia Stevens, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, BC
Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Patricia Black, PhD, RN
Tobacco Dependence Branch
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Tobacco Dependence: Failure to Act = Harm
The time to act is now. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association formed a Tobacco Dependence Task Force (now a branch of the Addictions Council), held a summit, created a partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and set a target to increase by 5% every year the 61% of psychiatric nurses surveyed who refer (assist) smokers to treatment and the 29% who provide an intensive intervention.
APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice
By Member Name
Bryan, Tami; Buccola, Nancy; Rosedale, Mary
Stacciarini, Jean Marie
Talley, Sandra; Wolfe, Barbara; Simmons-Alling, Susan; Boyd, Mary Ann; Warren, Barbara; Stevens, Georgia
By APNA News Edition
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.
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.
APNA's 2013 Elections process has begun - NOW is the time to consider taking a leadership position with your organization of professionals!
The Call for Nominations is now closed. Information regarding the slate of candidates and voting coming soon!
APNA continues to grow and expand thanks to a dynamic membership and exceptional past and present board members. Joining the Board of Directors or Nominating Committee will provide you with the opportunity to hone your leadership abilities, make significant contributions to our association and the future of psychiatric mental health nursing, and establish lasting relationships with colleagues from across the world.
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