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2023 Elections: Secretary

An APNA Secretary serves a three-year term on the board. View Full Secretary Position Description & Qualifications

  • Duties Include: preparing and keeping board and membership meeting minutes and seeing that all meeting notices are given, serves as custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the association, ensuring meetings are conducted according to Roberts’ Rules, and more.
  • Qualifications Include: Excellent communication skills, informal and formal leadership experience, and participative leadership style.

Vote for one candidate. Scroll down to view the candidate profiles for Constance Noll & Audrey Voss.


Constance Noll, DNP, MA, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Present Position
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System
Volunteer, Disaster Mental Health Manager, American Red Cross
NAMI Maryland, elected/volunteer member Board of Directors

DNP, University of South Alabama, 2016
MSN, University of South Alabama, 2014
BSN, Walden University, 2012
MA, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University, 1982
BA, Psychology, University of Baltimore, 1978
Diploma, St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, 1974

APNA Contributions

  • Recovery Council 2009- present; Chair 2017- present.
  • Administrative Council 2021- present.
  • RN-PMH Council Advisory Panel
  • Capital Chapter 2009-2014, Secretary
  • Scholarly Review Committee, APNA Conference, 2009-2022
  • Poster Judge, APNA Conference 2010-2022
  • APNA Nurse Awards Peer Review Committee, 2011-2020
  • Personality Disorder Cluster B Task Force, 2020-2022
  • Yearly contributor podium/ poster presentations APNA conferences 2011-2022
    • Noll, C., Brammer, S. V., & Thomas, M. (2023, May). Storytelling: A powerful tool to revive resilience and create contagious positivity in the PMH nursing workforce. American Journal of Psychiatric Nursing.
    • Jensen, M. E., Pease, E. A., Lambert, K., Hickman, D. R., Robinson, O., McCoy K., T.,…Noll, C., King, J. K. (2013). Championing person-first language: A call to psychiatric mental health nurses. American Journal of Psychiatric Nursing.

Other Experience

  • BH Departmental Committees: Peer Review, Medical Review, past co-lead education, inpatient leadership, operations, violence reduction.
  • Resilience in Stressful Situations (RISE) responder UMUCH, co-lead UMMC.
  • Co-lead Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT), UMMC.
  • Implemented Psychiatric Emergency Services UMMC 2006.
  • Current direct clinical services as a nurse practitioner, full continuum, diverse rural area population.

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Secretary because of my personal and professional commitment to support and advance the practice of psychiatric nursing, dedication to the vision and mission of APNA, and to serve the individuals who seek our services to reach optimal health and wellness. I believe human connection is the core of healing and individual growth. Effective leadership qualities include genuineness, sincerity, being authentic and clinically competent; therefore, all PMH nurses are leaders who provide role modeling for effective communication, managing difficult situations and people, and managing stress. I have been an enthusiastic lifelong learner, relying on formal and informal education, mentoring and collegial relationships, and networking opportunities; all of which are core to APNA. In my career, I have sought to improve the delivery of services through education, mentoring, and policy development/implementation.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by continuing involvement in policy development and implementation, performance improvements in psychiatric nursing practice. The essence of psychiatric nursing involves competent, therapeutic, relationship-based care, and systems which facilitate best practices. Striving for evidence-based practices and the scientific foundation of nursing as a science would fulfill APNA’s organizational goals. I have had the privilege of functioning as a diversity facilitator at an academic medical center and fully understand that diverse input is essential and healthy, humility and teamwork facilitate the accomplishment of goals. I am an optimist, a proponent of Margaret Mead’s statement that small groups of thoughtful people can change the world; an essential antidote in facing the challenges implicit in the changing, crisis filled environment of health care. I am a strong champion of the Recovery model as foundational for services across the continuum of care.



Present Position
Education Coordinator (Nurse Educator) – Behavioral Health, Texas Children’s Hospital

DNP, Capella University, 2022
MSN, Western Governors University, 2018
BS, Vanderbilt University, 2012

APNA Contributions

  • APNA Texas Chapter
    • Immediate Past President, 2021-2022
    • President, 2020-2021
    • President-Elect, 2020
    • Member-at-Large, 2018-2020
    • Greater Houston Area Regional Representative, 2017-2018
  • APNA Annual Conference Presenter (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020)

Other Experience

  • Psychiatric-mental health registered nurse in inpatient and outpatient settings – 2013 to present.
  • Psychiatric-mental health nurse leader in quality improvement and educational initiatives– 2016 to present.
  • Serve as Advanced Quality Improvement (AQI) Program Coach at Texas Children’s Hospital –2022 to present.
  • Experienced conference presenter and public speaker at the local, state, and national levels –2014 to present
  • Published four professional articles, including three evidence-based practice articles in nursing journals –2015-2020.
  • Led nursing and quality departments’ implementation of new electronic health record platform at The Menninger Clinic –2017-2021
  • Leadership Council Board Member (elected role) and Class Representative, Vanderbilt University’s G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Program for alumni engagement –2017-2023

APNA members should vote for me to serve as Secretary because I have demonstrated active leadership and dedication to APNA as a member and leader over the past decade. I expanded my APNA leadership and contributions while serving on the Texas Chapter Board of Directors. As President of APNA Texas, I organized additional Recovery to Practice training events across Texas. The recovery-oriented competency training events included virtual and in-person classes to accommodate large class registrations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, I possess expertise in recording meeting minutes and collaborating with leaders in drafting agendas. I effectively coordinate action steps following meetings to ensure mutual understanding and sustained progress towards the organization’s goals.

I can help fulfill APNA’s purpose as a scientific and education organization by advocating for continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and de-stigmatization for mental health. I can facilitate APNA’s purpose by encouraging wider application of quality improvement methodology in practice to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses and improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. These strengths and commitments will assure that APNA continues to effectively address its purpose as a scientific and education organization.