American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Seven Nurses for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

American Psychiatric Nurses Association Honors Seven Nurses for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing











Barbara Drew, PhD, APRN, BC and Shirley Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN


Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association announces the recipients of its 2011 APNA Annual Awards. These awards honor individuals who exemplify a superior dedication to and passion for the psychiatric mental health nursing profession. Awards recipients were nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee of their APNA colleagues. The awards will be presented to seven psychiatric mental health nurses at the APNA 25th Annual Conference in October.

This year’s recipient of the prestigious APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award is Barbara Drew, PhD, APRN, BC. The Psychiatric Nurse of the Year award recognizes a psychiatric mental health nurse who demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities. Dr. Drew is a past president of APNA and an Associate Professor at Kent State University’s School of Nursing, where she established a successful child and adolescent psychiatric nursing program. Most recently, she has been heavily involved as Chair of the APNA/ISPN LACE Implementation Task Force, working to create a framework for the implementation of the Consensus Model for Advanced Practice Nursing within psychiatric mental health nursing. “Barb demonstrated her ability to visualize a need for a future where the public would have a clear understanding of what advanced nursing practice is, who advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses are, and a more coherent conception of what to expect from these practitioners,” says Jeanne A. Clement, one of the psychiatric nurses who recommended her for the award. “She is…a leader who leads and inspires by her ability to have a vision of the future.”

APNA is also honoring Shirley Smoyak, PhD, RN, FAAN with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity, and exceptional and meritorious service to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. “Perhaps more than any other living individual, Dr. Smoyak has helped shape, teach and preserve the body of knowledge that is psychiatric nursing. Truly, our profession owes her a debt of gratitude because of her long standing advocacy; she truly represents distinguished service and is deserving of this award,” says nominator and mentee Teena McGuiness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN. Dr. Smoyak, a professor at Rutgers’ College of Nursing and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, is a respected researcher and author in the field of mental health. She is known internationally as an advocate for psychiatric mental health nursing as well as for her pioneering work on the relationship between family systems and the patient with mental illness. A charter member of APNA who has served on its Board of Directors in the past, Dr. Smoyak continues to be an active and vocal member in the association.

APNA further honors the following psychiatric mental health nurses for excellence in practice, education, leadership, and innovation in the field of PMHN:

Award for Excellence in Education:

M. Jane Suresky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Award for Innovation – Individual:

Michael Terry, DNP, FNP, PMHNP

Hahn School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Award for Excellence in Leadership – Advanced:

Lisabeth Johnston, PhD, APRN, CS

Independent Practitioner

West Hartford, CT

Award for Excellence in Practice – APRN:

Patricia Cunningham, DNSc, APN PMHNP/CNS-BC, FNP-BC

Memphis, TN

Award for Excellence in Practice – RN-PMH:

Marcia Melby, RN-BC, PMH

Community Mental Health Center

Fresno, CA

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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CDI College Adds Second Practical Nursing Open House in Winnipeg

CDI College Adds Second Practical Nursing Open House in Winnipeg












Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

CDI College is giving potential students another opportunity to learn about the new Practical Nursing program at the Winnipeg campus. Due to an overwhelming response to the Practical Nursing Open House on July 6, 2011, the college has scheduled a second session for Thursday, July 7, 2011.

The open house events will provide students with information about the two-year Practical Nursing diploma program, admission prerequisites and general information about the college. The program features a comprehensive curriculum that includes foundations in anatomy, physiology and holistic nursing, as well as courses in nursing theory, mental health, pediatric nursing and acute care. As part of the program, students are required to complete several clinical practice placements in which they apply their knowledge and skills in a range of healthcare settings.

“We are very excited to welcome Practical Nursing students to our Winnipeg campus,” says Dr. Bohdan Bilan, VP of Academics for CDI College. “As the healthcare industry in Canada continues to demand knowledgeable and qualified professionals to care for the country’s aging population, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) will enjoy a challenging and rewarding career.”

Successful graduates will be prepared to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) and, upon passing, register with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) in order to practice as licensed practical nurses. LPNs are able to work in various nursing areas including hospitals, medical clinics, long-term care homes, schools and community care centers.

Both events will run from 6:30-8:30pm at the CDI College campus at 280 Main Street. Attendees are asked to check in at 6:00pm sharp.

CDI College is now accepting applications for the Practical Nursing program at its Winnipeg campus. For more information about the program, head to http://www.cdicollege.ca. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

About CDI College

For more than 40 years, CDI College has been a leading career training institution helping thousands of students achieve career goals and aspirations. With 20 campuses across Canada, the career college offers hands-on training from experienced instructors in a wide range of business, technology and health care programs. Flexible schedules and career placement services are available to help match students with the right job.

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CDI College Introduces Practical Nursing Diploma at Winnipeg Campus

CDI College Introduces Practical Nursing Diploma at Winnipeg Campus












Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) June 07, 2011

The demand for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the Canadian health care system provides current students with several exciting career options in Manitoba and across the country. In response to this demand, CDI College is set to launch the Practical Nursing diploma program at its Winnipeg campus.

“Today’s practical nursing students face a constantly changing health care landscape due to technological advancements, government regulations and the effects of nursing shortages,” says Dr. Bohdan Bilan, VP of Academics for CDI College. “We look forward to welcoming students to the new PN program as they pursue this challenging, yet rewarding career.”

The 102-week diploma program includes an intensive curriculum of academic studies and clinical practica. Students complete courses across a variety of nursing categories, including community health, mental health, maternal, and pediatric nursing. Clinical practices allow students to apply nursing knowledge and skills to a real-world environment, while under clinical supervision and mentorship. Graduates of the program will have developed the required competencies established by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM). They will also be prepared to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) to practice as a LPN.

Career opportunities in hospitals, acute care settings, long-term health facilities, care homes, medical clinics, adult day cares and community health centers will allow LPNs to make a positive impact in their communities and in the Canadian health care field.

CDI College is now accepting applications for the Practical Nursing diploma program at the Winnipeg campus. Visit http://www.cdicollege.ca to learn more about this program or apply online. Become a fan on Facebook or follow along on Twitter.

About CDI College

For more than 40 years, CDI College has been a leading career training institution helping thousands of students achieve career goals and aspirations. With 19 campuses across Canada, the career college offers hands-on training from experienced instructors in a wide range of business, technology and health care programs. Flexible schedules and career placement services are available to help match students with the right job.

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