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My PMH Nurse Luminary leads by example

My PMH Nurse Luminary leads by example
Jill Folsom, left, and Nancy Scanlan

In this installment of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Luminaries, APNA member Jill Folsom, MS, RN shares how a nurse practitioner and full-time educator is her nurse luminary.

My PMH Nurse Luminary is…
Nancy Scanlan

My PMH Nurse Luminary demonstrates wisdom and/or vision in…
Nancy serves as a PMHNP for the chronically mentally ill underserved in rural Clinton County, NY, while also educating the nurses of tomorrow teaching fulltime at SUNY Plattsburgh. Scanlan is is sure to send students off into practice ready to provide psychiatric care to all, no matter the reason they are hospitalized, truly providing holistic care.

My PMH Nurse Luminary embodies the spirit of psychiatric-mental health nursing because they…
She leads by example, showing the students – and me! – the way to include evidence-based practice in the care we give. She served not only as my psych instructor when I was completing my LPN program but has worked alongside me on an inpatient care unit and here at SUNY Plattsburgh, guiding me through my decision and then the completion of my PMHNP program.

Every step of the way she has shown not only that she has the knowledge to care for others, but the application of it to each person to meet their needs.

The PMH nurses who would most benefit from my PMH Nurse Luminary’s wisdom are…
While I feel all would benefit from her wisdom, student nurses of any level and those just entering practice would benefit most from her calm leadership.

Published March 2024

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About APNA: The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric-mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric-mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of evidence. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.