Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 APNA Annual Awards. Nine nurses and one chapter will be honored at the APNA 26th Annual Conference this November in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The APNA Annual Awards recognize nurses who personify excellence in the various facets of psychiatric mental health care. Receiving an APNA Annual Award represents one of the highest forms of recognition from one’s psych nursing peers: the awards recipients were nominated by their colleagues and chosen by a committee of their fellow APNA members.
The APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award this year goes to Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC in recognition for her vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities. “You will not find a more ardent supporter of psychiatric nurses,” says Mary Ellen O'Keefe, ARNP. Nihart is currently a Nurse Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center and a member of the Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Davis. A past President of the APNA California Chapter and a presenter at numerous APNA continuing education events, she is an author of the Pro-ACT and Pro-ACT Restraint Certification programs, which help professionals develop the skills necessary to reduce or avoid instances of patient restraint. Nihart has developed curriculum and coordinated projects nationally for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, one of which specifically involved the implementation of the mental health component into the National Response Framework for FEMA. She is also a dedicated community activist, having served for several years as a council member in her home town of Pacifica, California, and most recently serving as the town’s Mayor. “She has a unique ability to support, nurture, and create opportunities for other nurses and expand their horizons and expertise,” says Patti Varley, ARNP, who nominated her for the award.
Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN is the recipient of the 2012 APNA Award for Distinguished Service. The APNA Award for Distinguished Service honors her commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity and exceptional and meritorious service to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Moller is an Associate Professor and Specialty Director for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing. Throughout her career she has developed research and clinical tools that promote recovery for persons diagnosed with complex psychiatric conditions and has partnered with consumers to promote recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. A past president of APNA, Moller has presented at numerous APNA conferences on topics such as trauma, illness cognition, recovery from psychosis, and recovery models for inpatient care. “Her message has affected the ways in which we see and treat people with mental afflictions, and in doing so, she has impacted research, education, and public advocacy,” her colleague Kathleen McCoy DNSc, APRN says. Moller is a member of the APNA Recovery to Practice Steering Committee, Curriculum Workgroup, and Faculty, whose work, as part of a SAMHSA initiative, involves developing curriculum and training materials to increase nursing knowledge of recovery-oriented care and how it translates into nursing practice. “She has mentored many other nurses in APNA to take on positions of contribution and responsibility – thereby ensuring the growth and stability of the organization,” says APNA colleague Mary Jensen, MA, RN, CRSS.
The following nurses are also recipients of APNA Annual Awards and are applauded for their demonstrated excellence in PMH nursing:
Award for Excellence in Leadership – Advanced: Margaret Halter, PhD, APRN; Ashland University
Award for Excellence in Leadership – Generalist: Anne Kelly, RN; Acadia Healthcare
Award for Excellence in Practice – Advanced: Pamela Marcus, RN, APRN, PMH-BC; Prince George Community College , Private Practice
Award for Excellence in Practice - RN PMH: Martin Bosch, RN; Community Behavioral Health Hospital Baxter
Award for Excellence in Education: Brenda Marshall, EdD, NP-BC; William Patterson University of New Jersey
Award for Excellence in Research: Karen Farchaus Stein, PhD, RN, FAAN; University of Rochester
Award for Innovation – Individual: Nidhi Chabora, APRN, RX, BC; Care Hawaii
Award for Innovation – Chapter: APNA Pennsylvania Chapter
The 2012 APNA Annual Conference will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 7-10. The conference will feature more than three days of continuing education specific to psychiatric nursing for RN-PMH and advanced practice nurses. The APNA Annual Awards recipients will be recognized during the Opening Program on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
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.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.