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Happy Nurses & Mental Health Awareness Month!


A double celebration is in order this Nurses Month & Mental Health Awareness Month. Our unique nursing perspective is demonstrated through our therapeutic strengths, person-centered approaches, and ability to practice in varied settings as we engage with those we serve in cultivating lives that are productive and meaningful. Psychiatric-mental health nurses are providers of such magnitude that double celebrations are required!

Lora Peppard, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC
APNA President

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Why I.D.E.A.S. Matter to Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
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Free to APNA Members through June 10, 2024
As psychiatric-mental health nurses, we exist in the radical intersection of I.D.E.A.S. to enhance the whole health of individuals, families, and communities. In this presentation, learn how Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Access, and (de)Stigmatization make a profound difference in our caring role. Then, be empowered to use your singular and our collective voices in promoting I.D.E.A.S. to support the whole health of those for whom we provide care.

What Makes Us Strong

Hear from past APNA Presidents on why psychiatric-mental health nurses are inspiring, important, and powerful!

Together, we are a strong and formidable group of nurses striving to provide inclusive hope and authentic partnership to those who need mental health services.”

– APNA Immediate Past President Zim Okoli

“You are the trusted agent, the superhero in disguise, the ‘nurse.’ You are the person to seek out; the person to confide in; the person to be believed. You are the medium through which the message is conveyed.”

– Past President Linda S. Beeber, 2018, Superheroes and Spandex

“Whole health begins with mental health, and the foundation of mental health is connection. As psychiatric-mental health nurses we have the opportunity—and the skills needed—to provide and support these connections.”

– Past President Gail Stern, 2018, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection

“As psychiatric-mental health nurses, we are helping people work on their life puzzle… We have to be someone special who can observe and gather clues with an appreciation of how the entire picture will come together.”

– Past President Sattaria “Tari” Dilks, 2019, Dispelling the Myth: The Importance of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

“Our current time presents considerable challenges in addressing access to PMH care and illuminates long-standing access disparities. Yet PMH nurses are an active and engaged group. We find ways to improve care and access to care.”

– Past President Matthew Tierney, 2021, Person-Centered Mental Health Care Access, Equity, and Justice

“We practice from a paradigm of hope. If we did not believe that we could help persons with mental health conditions find recovery, we would not be practicing in this field. We are stewards of hope; we pass it out daily.”

– Past President Leslie Oleck, 2022, Activate Your Voice as an Innovative Steward of Hope

Moving Whole Health Forward Together

From then…to Now