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2024 Elections: Member-at-Large

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.

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Angela DelGrande Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, CNS

Present Position
Raymond G. Murphy New Mexico VA Health Care System Chief Nurse, Behavioral Health Care Line
PMHNP: Women’s Comprehensive Care Clinic, Neuromodulation Clinic
Women’s Mental Health Champion
Veteran Health Administration/Office of Nursing Service National APRN Council
Qualification Standards Development Workgroup
Qualification Standards Implementation: APRN Appointment/Training Workgroup
PMHNP practice, APRN policy SME
Co-Chair National Mental Health Special Interest Group
VHA ONS Nursing Strategic Workforce Plan Compensation and Pay Workstream

Ph.D., Nursing University of New Mexico
MSN PMHNP New Mexico State University
MSN Perinatal CNS University of California, San Francisco
BSN University of New Mexico

APNA Contributions

  • APNA New Mexico Chapter
    • President, 2019-2023
    • Immediate Past President, 2023-2024
  • Practice Council – Advisory Panel
  • Neuromodulation Task Force – Advisory Panel
  • Personality Disorders Cluster A Task Force – Steering Committee
  • Member Contributor on the Essentials of Caring for People Who Are Diagnosed with Personality Disorders. – February 2022.
  • Annual Conference Abstract Presenter

Other Experience

  • New Mexico Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Advisory Council 2020-present
  • APAC Secretary, 2022 – 2024
  • APAC Vice Chair, 2024-present
  • New Mexico VAHCS
    • PMHNP Post-Graduate Residency Director (2019-2023)
    • Pharmacogenomics for Veterans (PHASER) Program Site Champion
    • University of New Mexico, College of Nursing
    • Adjunct Faculty-Assistant Professor, 2018-2023

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large because our collective and individual ways of being changed due to the pandemic and we continue to experience the negative impact of COVID on both physical and mental health within our communities, schools, families, and individually. The need for high quality MH services continues to increase, however access to care is challenging at all levels. Mental Health RNs and APRNs are an essential part of the solution to improve MH care and access. I have been a nurse for 36 years. During the past 13 years I have had the honor of providing MH services for our Nation’s Veterans at the Raymond G. Murphy New Mexico VAHCS as both a PMHNP and the Mental Health Chief Nurse. I utilize transformational leadership tenets to guide and support our MH nursing leadership, front-line nursing staff and PMHNPs to provide safe, high quality, innovative care in the acute, residential, outpatient and specialty mental health settings. I thrive on collaborating with colleagues to create innovative strategies to improve mental health care and nursing practice. I am also a strong advocate for nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels as an educator, clinical coordinator, and residency director. I believe that I possess the experience and skills necessary to promote the mission, purpose, and core values of APNA as a national board member, with a keen interest in strengthening recognition of the specialized expertise that MH RNs and APRNs possess and promoting increased utilization of MH RNs and APRNs to address the shortage of mental health care services in our communities.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by my leadership experience and record of successful project and program implementation have prepared me for the commitment and expertise required to succeed as an APNA board member. Examples include: Implementation of the Pharmacogenomic Testing for Veterans (PHASER) program at the NMVHACS with a focus on including MH RNs in program deployment, patient education, and consenting; Leading the collaborative effort to change medical staff bylaws and develop clinical privileges to convert NPs from supervised clinicians to independent practitioners; Collaborating with my fellow VA/Office of Nursing Service APRN council members to develop, promulgate and publish national APRN qualification standards, creating a historic positive shift for the VA APRN profession; and, Starting the first VA post-graduate PMHNP residency program in the State of New Mexico. My focus as APNA NM Chapter President (2019-2023) was to increase networking opportunities for MH nurses in rural NM by creating geographical regions with corresponding board member representation. Chapter goals focused on suicide risk assessment and prevention training, and substance use disorder treatment options to address our State’s high suicide and SUD rates, with membership increasing by 21% during my tenure as President. It is an honor to be considered for this position. If elected I will strive to carry out this role using the same tenacious focus, innovative thinking, collaborative spirit and strong advocacy for mental health care and nursing practice that I have successfully used in my clinical and professional endeavors as a PMH nurse, clinician, and nurse leader.


Erica Joseph, PhD, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C

Present Position
Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Co-Team Lead
Mental Health Intensive Case Management
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System (SLVHCS)

PhD, Southern University & A&M College, LA
DNP, Southern University & A&M College, LA
Post-Masters/PMHNP, Southeastern Louisiana University, LA
MSN, Southern University & A&M College, LA
BSN, Southern University & A&M College, L

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Nominating Committee, 2021
  • Addictions Council – Advisory Panel, 2014
  • Recovery to Practice APNA Facilitator, 2018
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Council – Co-Chair, 2020 -current
  • Suicide Prevention Competency Training Facilitator, 2017 – 2018
  • Louisiana Chapter President-Elect, 2018
  • Louisiana Chapter Immediate Past President, 2021
  • Louisiana Chapter President, 2019-2020
  • Louisiana Chapter Treasurer, 2014-2018
  • Tobacco Cessation Champion Award, 2014
  • Reviewer of educational content for continuing education course, 2016
  • 37th APNA Annual Pre-Conference Presenter, 2023
  • 28th Annual APNA Conference- Poster Presentation, 2014

Other Experience

  • SAMHSA ANA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Alumni, 2020-current
  • SAMHSA ANA MFP Mentor, 2021-current
  • SAMHSA ANA MFP Scholar, 2015-2020
  • National Commission on Racism to address racism in nursing, ANA, Practice Workgroup, 2021
  • LSNA Commission on Advanced Practice Nursing, 2021-2022
  • Anti-Racism, Health Disparities Workgroup; VA Intensive Community Health Recovery
  • Services, 2020
  • National Advisory Council Member for National Center for Interprofessional Education, 2018
  • Caregiver Support Program Council, SLVHCS, 2017
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • National Leadership Academy, Delta Fellows, 2023
    • Chapter President, 2019-2023
    • Physical and Mental Health Regional Chair, 2018-2022
    • Leadership Southwest Cohort II, 2018
    • Louisiana Project 13 Coordinator, 2017

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Member-at-Large becauseI will keep my commitment to serve APNA members with pride in my pursuit to lead and promote psychiatric -mental health (PMH) nurses. I will be a role model, mentor and leader that exemplifies the value PMH nurses bring to communities. I will continue to volunteer countless hours to APNA and work alongside other Board of Directors to address the goals of the strategic direction. I will represent the organization by upholding the core values and ideology of APNA, all characteristics that I value in effective leadership. I will be committed to helping lead APNA and promote it as the premier organization of resources for PMH nursing.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization bycontinuing to fully support the strategic direction in my responsibility as a member. My experiences in practice, research, health policy and education will help to fulfill APNA’s purpose. I have been active in numerous roles within APNA since 2012. I have 15 years of experience providing quality mental health care to our nation’s heroes and was the recipient of the personal coin of excellence from the Past Secretary of VA for my contributions. My research has focused on suicide prevention among minority Veterans, examining risk and protective factors of suicide and evaluation of suicide risk assessment training modules among primary care providers. I have participated in numerous speaking engagements to raise awareness about mental health needs in communities. Currently, I serve as Co-Chair of the APNA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and as a mentor to other nurses participating in the SAMHSA ANA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). It would be an honor to serve as Member-at-Large.