Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Advancing your practice, your career, and our community.


AAPPN is Washington State’s only organization committed specifically to advanced practice psychiatric nursing.

The Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses was founded in 1982. The activist nurse practitioner founders of AAPPN, working with other nursing organizations, were instrumental in obtaining prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners in Washington State.  

APPPN promotes excellence by providing a forum for advanced practice psychiatric nurses to exchange ideas, identify issues pertaining to advanced practice, and foster networking and professional visibility. 

The association includes nurses from community settings, academia, hospitals and private practice. Together with our lobbyist in Olympia and allied organizations we have advanced the scope of our practice to be one of the most independent and progressive in the nation. Belonging to this dynamic group celebrates, validates, and supports your advanced practice.

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Meet some of our long-time members

Our goals:

  • Protect and enhance the scope of advanced practice psychiatric nursing
  • Support professional autonomy, authority and visibility
  • Advocate for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse in all settings
  • Maintain excellence in practice via peer education, publication, consultations and annual educational conferences
  • Advocate for patients’ rights and access to care