20 Nursing Students Awarded 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarships by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

10 graduate and 10 undergraduate nursing students have been named recipients of the inaugural APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship, which includes complimentary registration, travel and lodging to the APNA 27th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas; one year complimentary membership in the APNA, and significant opportunities for mentorship and participation in psychiatric mental health nursing initiatives.

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APNA looks forward to fostering these students' professional growth and engaging them in APNA activities that help to lead the way in advancing mental health.

Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) September 18, 2013

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholars. This scholarship program, established by the APNA Board of Directors, honors graduate and undergraduate nursing students who have demonstrated a commitment to psychiatric mental health nursing. The program seeks to encourage these students’ professional growth and aims to develop young talent within the PMH nursing workforce.

Applications for the scholarship, submitted by nursing students from across the country, underwent rigorous review by the APNA Awards & Recognition Committee, a group of psych nurse professionals. The 20 selected recipients will receive registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 27th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 9-12, 2013. The recipients also receive a one year complimentary membership in the APNA and, in keeping with APNA President Beth Phoenix’s presidential focus on leadership development, opportunities for mentorships and participation in APNA programs. “It is exciting to be able to offer some of psychiatric mental health nursing’s best and brightest students this opportunity,” says Phoenix. “APNA looks forward to fostering their professional growth and engaging them in APNA activities that help to lead the way in advancing mental health.”

At the APNA Annual Conference, scholarship recipients will network with psychiatric mental health nurses from all levels and areas of practice while experiencing interactive panels, discussions, and presentations led by prestigious leaders in the field. Similarly, APNA membership will provide them with an introduction to communication and mentoring opportunities with experts in the field through APNA’s online networking community and through participation in APNA’s councils and committees. As members, the Scholars will also have access to a wealth of resources in psychiatric mental health nursing professional development and continuing education.

Undergraduate recipients of the 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship are: Kayla Albright, Georgia College and State University; Thibaut de Roos, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Joseph Griffey, Northern Illinois University; Heather Jackson, University of Rochester; Meredith Jaggers, Purdue University; Amanda Jilovec, Mount Mercy University; Leah Okoth, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Katie Stansfield, Brigham Young University; Zachary Switzer, University of North Carolina – Wilmington; Alysha Woods, Point Loma Nazarene University

Graduate recipients of the 2013 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship are: Jane Abanes, Vanderbilt University; Brenda Burnett, University of Iowa; Karen Corcoran, Fairfield University; Michelle Jacobs, Boston College; Dorothy Jordan, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Chau Le, Samuel Merritt University; Adrial Lobelo, Wilkes University; Lindsey Manzel, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Jennifer Schneider, University of Rochester; Jon Sugarman, Rutgers College

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association would like to extend its congratulations to these students and their schools.

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.