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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 Addictions Council Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC - Chair Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS - Associate Chair Addictions Council for APNA Members*   Administrative Council Avni Cirpili, MSN, RN - Chair Kathy S.

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.

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.

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 Want to get involved? Join the Institute on Member Bridge! How to join Vision 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. Functions 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 Structure Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors.

Patricia D. Cunningham, DNSc, APRN, BC           2013-2014 Bethany J. Phoenix, PhD, RN, CNS           2012-2013 Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC           2011-2012 Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA-BC           2010-2011 Mary D.

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice Member Profiles By Member Name Amar, Angela Baltazar, Katherine Beckhet, Abir Blair, Ellen Brammer, Sue Bryan, Tami; Buccola, Nancy; Rosedale, Mary Chabora, Nidhi Cadigan, Darlene Corte, Colleen Crossett, Linda Griffey, Joseph Halter, Peggy Hanrahan, Nancy Hill-Curran, Lyndsay Holshoe, Joseph J.M. Katula, Sarah Katz, Sharon Kelly, Ann Knode, Dale Kolbert, Valerie Lambert, Kris Laraia, Michelle Naegle, Madeline Oakley, Linda Polacek, Michael Stacciarini, Jean Marie Staten, Ruth Stuart, Gail Sund, Marie Talley, Sandra; Wolfe, Barbara; Simmons-Alling, Susan; Boyd, Mary Ann; Warren, Barbara; Stevens, Georgia Tebaldi, Christine Valentine, Nancy Wilbur, Suzane Zauszniewski, Jaclene By APNA News Edition May 2015 January 2015 November 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 December 2013 October 2013 August 2013 June 2013 April 2013 February 2013 December 2012 September 2012 July 2012 May 2012 March 2012 January 2012 November 2011 September 2011 July 2011 May 2011 March 2011 January 2011 November 2010 September 2010 July 2010 March 2010 July 2009   .

Co-Chairs Diane E. Allen MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC Kathleen R. Delaney PhD, PMH-NP, RN 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.

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