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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 2016 APNA Nominating Committee
Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Kathryn Brotzge, MSN, APRN - Chair
Jean Fisak, PMHCNS-BC
Kathleen Lehmann, EdD(c), RN-BC PMHN, EdS, MEd, BSN, BA
Karen Pounds, PhD, APRN, BC
Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Learn More: Nominating Committee Procedures
The affairs of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association are governed by its Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to carry out the objectives and purposes of the association and to this end, the Board may exercise all powers of the association. The primary responsibility of a voluntary governance Board is to establish an organization’s mission, purpose, values, and direction.
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
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
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.
2015 Scholarly Review Committee
Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
APNA 2016 Elections
The Call for Nominations has now closed.
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 provides members with the opportunity to hone their 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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