Mental Health Nursing Association
About the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: An Introduction
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) was founded in 1986. In the ensuing 28 years, APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
APNA is guided by a strategic direction formulated by the Board of Directors and informed by the membership. Its core values are empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, collegiality, innovation, transparency, and stewardship. To facilitate professional advancement, APNA provides quality psychiatric-mental health nursing continuing education, a wealth of resources for established, emerging, and prospective PMH nurses, and a community of dynamic collaboration. APNA champions psychiatric-mental health nursing and advocates for mental health care through the development of positions on key issues, the widespread dissemination of current knowledge and developments in PMH nursing, and through collaboration with consumer groups to promote evidence based advances in recovery-focused assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.
APNA is the only PMH nursing organization whose membership is inclusive of all PMH registered nurses (RN) including associate degree (ADN), baccalaureate (BSN), and advanced practice (APN) comprised of clinical nurse specialists (CNS), psychiatric nurse practitioners (NP), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA membership totals more than 10, 000 psychiatric mental health nurses from all over the world. All PMH nurses are eligible for membership at a reasonable cost. The membership is comprised of approximately 40% psychiatric registered nurses and 60% psychiatric advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Members practice in all settings, including inpatient, community, academic, research, private and public health institutions, and high level administrative positions at state and federal levels.