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2022 Elections: Member-at-Large

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An APNA Member-at-Large serves a three-year term on the board. View Full Member-at-Large Position Description & Qualifications

  • Duties Include: ensuring effective and accountable governance, providing responsible oversight of the association, demonstrating competent and accountable leadership, and ensuring leadership continuity.
  • Qualifications Include: Previous APNA volunteer leadership and service, knowledge about global trends and APNA programs, participative leadership style, willingness to commit time and skills necessary to serve.


Jane Abanes, PhD, DNP, MSN/Ed, PMHCNS/NP-BC

Present Position
Assistant Professor; Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University
PMHNP/Medical Acupuncturist; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center/Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, Vanderbilt University, 2020
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Vanderbilt University, 2013
Post-Masters PMHNP/CNS, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
Master of Science in Nursing, Specialization in Healthcare Education, University of Phoenix. 2008
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Southern California, 2003

APNA Contributions

  • APNA, Annual Conference Podium Presenter, 2013
  • APNA, California Chapter, Member-at-Large, 2016-2018
  • APNA, California Chapter, President-Elect, 2021-Present

Other Experience

  • Crisis Management and Restraint Coordinator/Consultant; U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, 2006-2009
  • Domestic Violence Counselor and Language Advocate, Asian Women’s Shelter, San Francisco, CA, 2009-2011
  • Education Committee Representative, Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses, 2011-2013
  • Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team Leader; Naval Health Clinic, Hawaii, 2011-2013
  • Psychiatric Hospitalist; U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, 2018-2021
  • Chapter Team Lead, Behavioral Health Interventions in Deployment Settings Clinical Practice Guidelines, Defense Health Agency, 2021
  •  Director, Clinical Education, PMHNP Phase II, Uniformed Services University, 2021-Present
  • Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Clinical Nursing Research Journal, 2021-Present
  • Co-Lead/Abstract Peer Reviewer, TriService Nursing Research Program, Behavioral Health Research Interest Group, 2021-Present
  • Working Group Member, Headache Clinical Practice Guidelines, VA/DoD, 2022

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large because I am passionate about improving mental health care for our patients and advocating for our dedicated PMH nurses. In addition to caring for service members and veterans with mental health problems, I have volunteered to advocate for women and children who were victims of domestic violence. My passion extends beyond my clinical work. I strive to be a transformational leader in fulfilling leadership positions in the California chapter and other governmental organizations. I improve clinical practice by participating in various scholarly works such as disseminate new knowledge through research, participate in clinical practice guidelines workgroups, mentor future clinicians, and engage in policymaking. If elected, I am committed to work with other APNA leaders in advocating for PMH nurses while improving the lives of patients and those who are underserved.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by using my diverse clinical, leadership, and educational background to the board to ensure that APNA continues to effectively address its purpose and bylaws. As an active duty service member who has treated service members for several years, I bring a unique perspective in caring for our veterans. As a medical acupuncturist, I bring a holistic approach in the field of mental health. As a nurse scientist, I can contribute my critical thinking skills and knowledge in solving challenging problems that face our leaders as they improve the provision of care for those with mental health problems. As an experienced leader and educator in a military setting, who is exposed to the challenges of operational environments, I can provide another perspective in addressing a vulnerable community (i.e., veteran population) whom many of our PMH clinicians serve.


Todd Hastings, PhD, RN, CNE

Present Position
Faculty at the School of Nursing at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA

PhD in Nursing Education, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, 2015
MS RN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Clinical Specialist), Wilkes University, 2002
AAS, Nursing, Luzerne County Community College, 1994
MS in Nutrition Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991
BA in Nutrition Science, Rutgers University, 1983
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) – 2020 to present.

APNA Contributions

  • Education Council
    • Chair 2019-2022
    • Steering Committee 2017-2019
    • Undergraduate/Pre-licensure Branch Co-Chair 2017-2019
    • Advisory Panel 2012-2017
    • Scholarly Review Committee: 2016-2021
    • APNA Annual Conference presenter 2012 to 2021
    • APNA member since 1998
    • APNA Pennsylvania Chapter President 2005-2007.
    • I have contributed to APNA in service supporting the purposes of this organization. First, I have thoughtfully participated as a member in discussions (Member Bridge, networking at programs/conferences) as well as provided leadership to the Education Council. I have engaged others with not only respect and collegiality but promotion of inclusivity and a just working culture.

Other Experience

  • Nurse Educator – mental health nursing focus 2004 to present.
  • Psychiatric Nursing Professional (generalist and then advanced practice CNS role in a clinical setting) – 1995 to 2018.
  • Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Bystander Trainer – train students, staff, and faculty on campus and select community members, using the protocols Mental Health First Aid and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) – 2016 to present.
  • Planning Committee and Facilitator – Campus Suicide Prevention Walk in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) amongst Lehigh Valley colleges (Allentown and Bethlehem, PA – 2018 to present.
  • Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing – Expert Reviewer – 2015 to present.
  • I am deeply committed to service to support mental health awareness and challenging stigma toward people with mental illness. As a nurse educator at a higher education setting, I have supported both campus and surrounding community efforts to spread mental health awareness and challenge mental health stigma.

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large because while serving in select leadership positions (Chair of Education Council, State APNA Chapter President) I have asserted my passion to advance our organization and profession. I contend I have supported our collective APNA values in acting as a strong advocate for vulnerable people who struggle with mental illness. By serving as a Board Member At Large, I will promote our united psychiatric nursing voice to serve the interests of members and the broader stakeholders favoring mental wellness in our society.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by advancing ongoing efforts to promote and validate APNA’s influence upon the landscape of mental health care. I will further reinforce the focus of APNA in using evidence and “best practice” for articulating accurate knowledge and innovative interventions advancing psychiatric nursing.


Marybeth McManus, MPA, BSN, PMH-BC

Present Position
Chief Nursing Officer Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH)
Associate Executive Director, ZHH
Chief Nursing Officer Northwell Health Behavioral Health Service Line (BHSL)

Fairfield University, BSN
Long Island University, MPA

APNA Contributions

  • NY State Chapter President 2019-present
  • JAPNA Contributor
  • APNA Research Council Steering Committee
  • APNA Research Grant Review Committee
  • APNA Administrative Council Advisory Panel
  • Coordinator and Speaker for NY State Chapter Educational Events and Annual State Conference
  • APNA Annual Conferences Podium and Poster Presenter
  • Collaborator, APNA Staffing White Paper

Other Experience

  • Numerous speaking engagements at NY State Behavioral Health facilities: the management of aggression, TeamSTEPPS, Humanism, Stress First Aid, Care of the Covid Positive Behavioral Health Patient, Care of Persons with Developmentally Disabilities, Survey Readiness, Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations
  • Principal Investigator for 3 IRB approved Nursing Research Studies
  • Extensive experience with the development of Behavioral Health Policies and Procedures
  • The provision of Nursing Leadership within a large matrix organization that includes 23 hospitals, 2 free-standing Behavioral Health facilities, 6 Behavioral Health units within medical facilities, numerous ambulatory clinics and Methadone and Addiction Recovery sites
  • Primary responsibility of the opening of a 132-bed inpatient facility with a large ECT inpatient and ambulatory Service. Involved in planning a future Adult Inpatient Facility, 2023
  • Oversight of BH Materials Management and Pharmacy Service at ZHH and for Northwell BHSL Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Northwell Health Executive Sponsor of RN Strategic Plan for Healthy Work Environment with responsibility for refreshing and refurbishing 335 system wide break rooms and amenities for 890 ambulatory care nurses.

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large because as an APNA Member-at-Large I will continue to advocate for psychiatric-mental health nurses and their patients at every opportunity. I am a champion for APNA membership and participation as evidenced by the large membership roster and active participation of the APNA NY chapter. My professional responsibilities and activities place me in front of numerous mental health nurses and nurses in every specialty on a daily basis, giving me the opportunity to listen, observe, study and eventually create workforce solutions.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by using my passion for nursing research endeavors focusing on safe working conditions and the management of aggression will benefit our membership and promote the principles of our organization. I am committed to enhancing opportunities to engage in diversity, inclusivity, and equity activities, and minimize the impact of clinician bias in care delivery in all health arenas. Nurse leaders face challenges now and in the future in categories such as crisis management post-COVID-19, staffing models/nurse retention, nurses’ occupational stress and wellbeing, and the future of nursing education. Psychiatric mental health nurses are taking the lead in addressing the escalating mental health damages and human costs of the pandemic. These issues all require evidence-based approaches, and I believe APNA is strategically placed to have a high-profile impact on innovative solutions. I am committed to working with the APNA Board to make a difference.


Deborah SalaniDeborah Salani, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC

Present Position
Associate Professor of Clinical/Director of the Post Graduate PMHNP Program
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami, Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program 2015
University of Miami: Doctor of Nursing Practice: (DNP) 2012
University of Miami: Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) 1989
Developmental Pediatrics, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
University of Miami: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 1986
Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania: Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology 1980

APNA Contributions

  • APNA member since 2014
  • APNA Annual Conference Presenter 2016, 2017,2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, &2022
  • Florida Chapter Member, President-Elect 2017, President 2018, Past President 2019
  • Florida Chapter Conference Planning Committee 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Personality Disorders Cluster B Task Force 2019 – present
  • APNA Competency-Based Training for Suicide Prevention Facilitator 2018 – present

Other Experience

  • Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services and Pediatric Nursing
  • I am passionate about promoting psychiatric mental health nursing and improving the care we provide to individuals with mental health disorders across the lifespan. I am both a pediatric and psychiatric nurse practitioner.
  • My area of scholarship encompasses disseminating knowledge and improving clinical competency for advance practice nurses who provide care to the vulnerable individuals including children and those with mental disorders. I have accomplished this through the development of educational interventions such as immersive simulation encounters around the identification and management of care for human trafficking survivors, mental disorders, and educating providers through publications and presentations.
  • My work has been disseminated through 3 book chapters and 32 journal publications (14 first-authored) and 7 international, 28 national, and 14 regional presentations.

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large because I have extensive clinical leadership experience as a Director of an Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/ECMO and Dialysis Unit at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, and Director of the PMHNP program at the University of Miami.  Working in highly stressful/challenging areas has taught me the value of teamwork. I have always valued the input of team members and have found this leadership style where members can express their thoughts and ideas produces the most success.

I truly love being a nurse and providing care to the most vulnerable. I will continue to do my best to advance our profession and the APNA.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by I have always tried to improve the clinical competency for advanced practice nurses who provide care to vulnerable individuals including children and those with mental disorders. If elected, I will represent the APNA in a professional manner by working to improve the care provided to those with mental illness, by disseminating knowledge and improving clinical competency through presentations and publications. I will also continue to mentor prospective leaders to be active members in the APNA.