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Recognizing members with the APNA Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing members with the APNA Memorial Scholarship

July 2023

Congratulations to APNA members Cornelius Metili and Jenni Smith, this year’s recipients of the APNA Memorial Scholarship. PMH-RNs committed to continuously improving their skills and knowledge base, Metili and Smith are also advancing patient care in their work settings and communities.

Cornelius Metili, RN-BC, BSN

I believe that my lasting impact on PMH nursing will be in promoting a culture of safety and care that empowers patients and reduces the stigma associated with mental health. By championing evidence-based practices and innovative solutions, I hope to continue making a meaningful impact on the field of psychiatric nursing.”


Jenni Smith, BSN, PMH-BC

I strive to educate others about the importance of advocating for and ways we can decrease the stigma associated with mental health. I educate others about person-first language and why we must see people as people and not see them as a diagnosis. I hope to educate my community that it truly is ‘OK to not be OK.’ ”

The APNA Memorial Scholarship was established in 2022 by the APNA Board of Directors to honor the legacies of psychiatric-mental health nurses while supporting nurses as they pursue lifelong learning and advancement of the profession.

This year, the scholarship, funded with donations made in memory of Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, grants 2 members complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to the APNA 37th Annual Conference this October 4-7 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Congratulations again to these 2 nurses and thank you to the APNA Awards & Recognition Committee for reviewing this year’s applications!