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Member News November 2023

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In a Southern New Hampshire University article called “What is Trauma-Informed Care?”, Jackie Bodea adds to the discussion on the trauma-informed care (TIC) approach and the paths to treatment. She speaks on the effects of trauma on patients and the symptoms of trauma that can go unnoticed in patients. Learn more about TIC and read on.
Hunt School of Nursing assistant professor, Ivonne Espinosa takes part in a training program in El Paso to train healthcare students in the prevention of workplace violence. The article highlights the program and its purpose of preparing students to identify potential workplace violence incidents. Get an inside look at the training program.
Valerie Kubanick writes an article for that attributes her empathy to her patients and calling it an asset. She shares her journey along with advice on how and why to implement empathy in the care you give, and to be open to new possibilities and experiences to improve your practice. Propel your practice with Valerie’s advice.
Aparna Kumar has been appointed to a joint faculty position with Emory University and the Carter Center focused on enhancing global mental health nursing and workforce development. Her position will involve developing curricula for global PMH nursing certifications, providing targeted assistance to nursing schools, coordinating use of the Project ECHO online learning platform, and more. See how Aparna will make an impact.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center highlights Toddra Liddell for her work helping dialysis patients manage mental health issues brought on or exacerbated by their chronic condition during treatment. Liddell is fine-tuning her program at Vanderbilt Dialysis Clinic – East and plans to expand it further. View Toddra’s work here.
Joy Lauerer and Hannah Robidoux are awarded a two year grant under the HRSA-23-131 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training-Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (BHWET-CAY) Program for Professionals. This grant will expand training for PMHNPs in child, adolescent, and young adult clinical experiences.
APNA President Zim Okoli Zim Okoli is featured in an article from, highlighting his unique journey to becoming a PMH nurse and an inspiring leader in the field. See how his experience shaped him, and his message to those exploring a career in nursing. Read the article here.
Kerry Peterson is featured in a University of Colorado College of Nursing article on a recent study she co-authored regarding the impact of the pandemic on students. The study brings light to the importance of early recognition of stress and ways to relieve stress and emotional trauma to help prevent burnout in student nurses. See the full study here.
The University of Rhode Island has named Danny Willis Dean of the College of Nursing. Danny currently serves as dean of the Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing and will begin his new role at URI in January 2024. Congratulate Danny and see his experience.


Members Published in the November/December issue of JAPNA

Geraldine S. Pearson writes editorial “The Ongoing Importance of Peer Review

Lori Vick is the lead author of continuing education article, “Addressing the Mental Health of Nursing Students During the Pandemic: The Evaluation of a Needs Assessment by a College of Nursing Mental Health Task Force

Karen Jennings Mathis is the lead author of the brief report, “How Do Risky Behaviors and Mental Health Differ Among Students Based on Undergraduate Class Status?

Lora Peppard is featured as the author on the Board of Directors’ Column with her message, “Carpe Diem: “Let’s Connect”!


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