American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces Election of New Members to Board of Directors, 2016 Nominating Committee

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has elected four new members to its Board of Directors: Kris McLoughlin, Joyce Shea, Celeste Johnson, and Michael Rice, and three to its 2016 Nominating Committee: Kathleen Lehmann, Karen Goyette Pounds, and Leigh Powers.

APNA 2015 Elections Results

Newly Elected Members of the APNA Board of Directors and 2016 Nominating Committee

As the unifying voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing, APNA leads the way in advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing to promote the mental health and wellness of the population.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the results of the elections for the APNA Board of Directors and 2016 Nominating Committee. Elected by psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues, these members will begin their terms at the end of the APNA 29th Annual Conference, October 28-31, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Elected to the Board of Directors are President-Elect Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan; Secretary Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC of Fairfield University School of Nursing; Member-at-Large Celeste M. Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS of Parkland Health and Hospital System; and Member-at-Large Michael J. Rice, PhD APRN, FAAN of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center College of Nursing.

Elected to the 2016 Nominating Committee are Kathleen Lehmann, RN-BC, EdD(c), of the Boston VA system; Karen Goyette Pounds, PhD, PMHCNS of Northeastern University and Boston Medical Center, and Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC of East Tennessee State University.

"We are pleased to welcome these colleagues to the APNA Board and Nominating Committee,” says APNA President Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAANP. “As the unifying voice for psychiatric-mental health nursing, APNA leads the way in advancing psychiatric-mental health nursing to promote the mental health and wellness of the population. These leaders bring valuable perspectives and experience that will contribute significantly towards that mission.”

Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, the incoming President-Elect, is Associate Hospital Director of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in Denver, Colorado. She previously was Assistant Dean, Innovative Clinical Education, at the UCLA School of Nursing in Los Angeles, California. She has served in a leadership capacity on numerous national initiatives, including developing an APNA educational curriculum for psychiatric-mental health inpatient nurses funded by a SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Grant, updating the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice (2014), and serving as guest-editor for a special issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA). She has experience as a Mental Health Clinical and Systems Consultant and was appointed by the U.S. Federal Court as a Special Monitor. In 2006 she was the recipient of the APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award.

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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