In 2019, AAPPN supported our practices and our profession.
- AAPPN has grown by 35 percent since 2015. Thank you for helping to grow our association!
- Bree Collaborative Workgroup: Participated on the workgroup, which looked for ways to resolve the problems raised in the Volk decision. Read the final report.
- Lobby Day: AAPPN members came to Olympia to talk with their legislators. Other members participated by emailing their legislators about concerns of psychiatric ARNPs.
- Governmental Affairs Committee: Reviewed 65 bills in the 2019 legislative session. Supported 21 bills which were passed and signed into law, including bills which:
- Significantly increased funding for outpatient mental health services.
- Increased funding for nurse educator salaries.
- Provided funding for children’s mental health services
- Clarified and strengthened involuntary treatment procedures.
- Clarified roles for behavioral health integration
- Rules Committee: This new committee was formed to monitor and comment on rule-making which impacts how new laws are implemented. This fledgling group needs additional members to help protect our profession.
- Supporting Practice: Our Board made a commitment to build AAPPN practice resources for members in 2019, including:
- A series of video meetings on starting a private practice led by AAPPN members for AAPPN members. Login to view.
- Practice resources directory (premiering soon) will provide connections to an in-depth list of resources to assist your practice.
- Website revision, to make association resources more accessible to members and more appealing to potential members.
- Chapters: A new chapter was revived in Seattle, joining active East King, Kitsap, Snohomish, Spokane, and Tacoma chapters. Meetings were both educational and fun, with CEs, treats, and new friendships.
- Salons: Members held salons for students and for new practitioners. These intimate gatherings have spawned new consult groups and connections for professional growth. All members are encouraged to consider hosting a salon.
- Social media: AAPPN has both a public Facebook page to highlight activities, as well as a member-only Facebook Group to share resources and raise issues important to members. AAPPN is also on Twitter.
- Spring Conference: Focused on a variety of issues from a psych NP perspective.
- Online meetings: Our first set of online meetings focused on starting a private practice, led by panels of volunteers, helping members navigate the challenging path of building a new private practice.
- Fall Conference: Our Education Committee decided to return the Fall Conference to our annual calendar. The next Fall Conference will be on November 7, 2020, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma!