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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 & Councils APNA members play a key role in the organization's direction and policies through their involvement in its councils, committees, and task forces. Board of Directors   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.

Become an APNA member and get involved today! Upon joining, members are automatically assigned to a chapter based on the member's state of residence. Members can log in to Member Bridge to connect with your local community. If you are not familiar with this members-only community site, click here for an introduction.

BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION (Adopted September 2006, Amended January 2018)   ARTICLE I: NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION   The name of the Association shall be the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereinafter “APNA” or “Association”).   ARTICLE II: PURPOSES   Section 1. (a) APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services; (b) to make charitable contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “IRC”), as well as governmental units and other nonprofit organizations, that promote and further the purposes described in this Section 1 above; and (c) to exercise any other powers conferred upon Associations organized pursuant to the provisions of the Delaware General Association Law, as the same may be amended or supplemented (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”).

Mission: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Core Values: Empowerment Inclusivity Integrity Collegiality Innovation Transparency Stewardship Read More: The APNA Strategic Direction APNA Brand Long-Range Strategic Planning Horizon Strategic Long-Range Goals Bylaws Governance Policy Privacy Policy Terms of Service .

Each year APNA provides its members with a report on the status and happenings of the association, which is distributed in hard copy at the Annual Conference. This document contains financial reports, Chapter activity, Council and Task Force activity, and more. Click on one of the links below to view the Annual Activity Report from that year.

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Policy Statement:  APNA Position Paper (White Paper) Process and Guidelines Position papers state positions officially endorsed by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as authorized by the Board of Directors and are intended to advance the profession of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Position papers discuss issues in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing of vital interest to the public and to the membership at large.  A position paper will discuss not only the majority opinion about its subject but also a range of accepted (mainstream) minority opinions and will be based on the best available evidence.

Comments on American Nursing Association's work in seeking Ethical Environments and Patient and Personal Safety March 2020 letter offering feedback from the APNA Council for Safe Environments.   Comments on Current Medicare Regulations that Limit Providers’ Scopes of Practice January 2020 letter offering feedback regarding CMS’ continuation of its work under section 5 of Executive Order #13890 on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.   Comments on CCNE’s Proposed Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Practitioner Residency/Fellowship Programs January 2020 letter providing comments on standards proposed by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

About the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: An Introduction The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Vision APNA is guided by a strategic direction formulated by the Board of Directors and informed by the membership.

APNA Strategic Direction The APNA Strategic Direction guides the Board of Directors in governance of the association. It focuses their strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. It is a working document, informed by feedback from councils, chapters, and the membership, that undergoes revision and renewal every three years to ensure its relevance.

Membership in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Did you know that the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is one of the largest psychiatric-mental health nursing membership organizations? APNA represents more than 13,000 psychiatric-mental health nurses at all levels of education who work in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, research, education, administration, clinical, private practice, military, and forensic. APNA also has membership for full-time students and retired registered nurses. Together, we advance the concept that whole health begins with mental health.

Privacy Policy Overview The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (hereafter 'APNA') respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its web site. APNA strongly believes that if online activities and electronic commerce are to continue to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, APNA has implemented the following policy.

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice Messages from the President Matthew Tierney, MS, CNS, ANP, PMHNP, FAAN   November 2020 July 2020 May 2020 March 2020 January 2020 November 2019 July 2019 May 2019 March 2019 January 2019   Older APNA News President's Messages 2018 November 2018 September 2018 July 2018 May 2018 March 2018 January 2018 2017 November 2017 September 2017 July 2017 May 2017 March 2017 January 2017 2016 November 2016 September 2016 July 2016 May 2016 March 2016 January 2016   2015 November 2015 September 2015 July 2015 May 2015 March 2015 January 2015 2014 November 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 2013 December 2013 October 2013 August 2013 June 2013 April 2013 February 2013      

Through APNA, our more than 15,000 members are connected with a dynamic community of psychiatric mental health nurses, exceptional resources and programs, and opportunities to advance the care and treatment of persons with mental health disorders.   Continuing Education & Professional Growth Enhance your PMH nursing knowledge with APNA’s more than 230 online continuing education sessions, ebooks, and more (> 250 contact hours!) - APNA members get 4 free options each month, plus you can use your member bonus points to access the content of your choice in the APNA eLearning Center at little to no cost. Learn the latest best practices in psychiatric mental health nursing or share your expertise as a presenter at the Annual Conference.

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American Psychiatric Nurses Association 3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625 Falls Church, Virginia 22042 inform@apna.org Toll Free:  855-863-APNA (2762) Phone:  571-533-1919 Fax:  855-883-APNA (2762) Our National Office Staff is here to answer any of your questions:   Lisa Deffenbaugh Nguyen, MS, CAE Executive Director Patricia L. Black, PhD, RN Associate Executive Director, Education and Practice Leslie Hoopengardner, CAE, CMP Director of Operations Karla Taylor, CAE Director of Finance & Administration Meaghan Trimyer, MA, CAE Director of Communications Stephanie Croon, MSN, RN Senior Nurse Educator Patricia Federinko Membership Manager Sharon Henson Membership Coordinator Courtney Hyde Communications Manager Tandi-Jo Lantrip, CAE Chapter & Council Support Manager Olivia Lindholm, CMP Meetings and Events Specialist Mark Martins Membership Coordinator Annia Pujals-Rodriguez, MBA Accounting Specialist Kimberly Rathburn, MSN, MBA, RNC-NIC Senior Nurse Educator Denise Stone, CMP, DES Manager of Meetings and Sponsorships Carrie Tucker Education Support Specialist Meagan Bailey, MS Health Policy Support Maria Duran, MBA Accounting Specialist Marie Kodadek, PhD, RN, CNE Senior Nurse Educator Lauren LeFew Chapter Support Specialist Mary Malina Membership Specialist Jennifer Marshall, LCSW, CSAC Clinical Education Support Specialist Meg Ogea Communications Specialist Cary Trencher Chapter & Council Support Specialist         Find us on social media!     .

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.

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