American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces the Recipients of the 2011 APNA Janssen Student Scholarship

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15 graduate and 15 undergraduate students have been awarded the APNA Janssen Student Scholarship. Each of these students has displayed a commitment to psychiatric mental health nursing and the aptitude to excel in the field. The scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration, travel and lodging to attend the APNA 25th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, plus a one year complimentary membership in the APNA.

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Each of these students exemplifies a passion for psychiatric nursing and the potential to have a significant impact on the field.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association today announced the recipients of its 2011 APNA Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC Student Scholarship Program. This scholarship program was established in partnership with Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs in order to recognize outstanding graduate and undergraduate nursing students who have demonstrated a passion for psychiatric mental health nursing, and to help foster the professional growth and development of these students within the psychiatric mental health nursing field.

This year over 300 scholarship applications were submitted by nursing students from across the United States. From these applications 15 graduate and 15 undergraduate nursing students were selected through rigorous review by the APNA Awards and Recognition Committee to receive the scholarship. Each of these students exemplifies a passion for psychiatric nursing and the potential to have a significant impact on the field. The scholars will each receive complimentary registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 25th Annual Conference, October 19-22, 2011, in Anaheim, California, as well as a one year complimentary membership in the APNA. The students will also be honored at a dinner reception during the conference.

Attending the conference will permit the scholarship recipients to meet psychiatric nurses from all levels and areas of practice as well as experience first-hand panels, discussions, and presentations led by eminent leaders in the field. Likewise, membership in APNA will provide them with opportunities to participate in the work of its councils and chapters, network on the members’ online site Member Bridge, and enjoy a wealth of opportunities for psychiatric mental health nursing professional development and continuing education. APNA feels fortunate to be able to honor these students and looks forward to taking part in their continued growth.

The 2011 APNA Janssen Undergraduate Student Scholars are: Megan Copel, Villanova University; Miranda Dobe, The College of St. Scholastica; Natalie Fluent, University of Michigan; Emily Hoppe, Johns Hopkins University; Christina Jolley, University of Pittsburgh; Kristen Kichefski, Rhode Island College; Amy LaValla, Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Michelle Leibach, Carlow University; Kelly Mrzyglod, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio; Samantha Paradis, University of Maine; Christina Peters, Purdue University; Charmaine Platon, University of California, Irvine; Natalie Speagle, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Breanne Starks, Pacific Lutheran University; Candace Wellborn, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

The 2011 APNA Janssen Graduate Student Scholars are: Becky Austin-Morris, University of Kansas; Danielle Bertram, Wichita State University; Sandra Brooks, Vanderbilt University; Linda Cabage, University of Tennessee; Tamara Cafaro, Rutgers College; Lauren Fiola, Yale University; Amanda Krohn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Brenda Kucirka, Widener University; Tammi Plantan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Deb Rush, Gonzaga University; Jody Sokoloff, MGH Institute of Health Professions; Debbie Stevens, Emory University; Mary Stolder, University of Iowa; Justin White, University of Utah; Christine Williamitis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty 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 research.

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