American Psychiatric Nurses Association Welcomes Members to Board of Directors and 2019 Nominating Committee

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) membership voted in three psychiatric-mental health nurse leaders to serve on the Board of the Directors and three to serve on the 2019 Nominating Committee.

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These new members of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee demonstrate the unique capabilities we have as psychiatric-mental health nurses to meet individuals where they are, as we provide treatment and understanding.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is pleased to announce the newest members of the APNA Board of Directors and 2019 Nominating Committee. Elected by psychiatric-mental health nurse members from across the country, these six individuals will begin their terms at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, October 24-27, 2018.

Elected to the APNA Board of Directors as President-Elect is Tari (Sattaria) Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP of Lake Charles, Louisiana; elected as Treasurer is Donna G. Rolin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC of Austin, Texas; and elected as Member-at-Large is Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE of Concord, New Hampshire. Vanessa Barlow, MBA, BSN, RN of Alabaster, Alabama, Mary Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC FAAN of Chicago, Illinois, and Linda Mays, PMHNP-BC of Miami, Florida, were elected to the 2019 Nominating Committee.

“These new members of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee demonstrate the unique capabilities we have as psychiatric-mental health nurses to meet individuals where they are, as we provide treatment and understanding,” says APNA President, Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN. “Their passion for creating awareness of the value of what we do will propel APNA into the future.”

Incoming President-Elect Tari (Sattaria) Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, is a professor at McNeese State University, Co-Coordinator of the Graduate Program and Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track. In addition, she maintains a private practice.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, she has practiced nursing at every level. Previously serving as President of APNA Louisiana Chapter among other leadership roles, she consistently advocates for awareness of psychiatric-mental health issues. She currently chairs the APNA Practice Council and in 2017 was the recipient of the APNA Award for Excellence in Education.

“Healthcare delivery MUST include the recognition of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) in total health promotion and prevention,” says Dilks. “APNA’s membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in practice, research, administration, therapy, education and collaboration in multiple environments, and I teach about them every day.” She continues, “My experience in inclusive leadership, education and practice at all the PMH nursing levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA Board. PMH nursing is a strong and trusted voice for consumers of mental health services.”

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 with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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