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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 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.

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.

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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