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American Psychiatric Nurses Association Names New Chapter President

Celeste Johnson, MSN, RN, Director, Center for Nurse Excellence at Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas, has been elected as President of the Texas Chapter of American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The Texas Chapter will meet under her leadership at the conclusion of the 24th Annual Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, being held at The University of Texas Arlington on Friday, April 23rd.

A Masters of Science in Nursing graduate of The University of Texas Arlington College of Nursing in 1991, Ms. Johnson brings a wealth of experience and psychiatric nursing expertise to this role. She has over thirty years experience as a clinician, an educator, an administrator and a nurse consultant and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on psychiatric nursing

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional organization of over 6,000 nurses, and is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, health and wellness promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

In a recent interview, Ms. Johnson commented: “The Texas Chapter is reaching out to regions throughout the state to meet the diverse needs of its members. We can expect to have an important influence in both rural and urban communities related to patient care as well as the education of our members.”

The next meeting of the Texas Chapter will be held at the conclusion of The University of Texas Arlington 24th Annual Psychiatric Nursing Symposium, being held on Friday, April 23rd at the University Center. The Texas Chapter welcomes those who are working in psychiatric nursing roles to attend the Symposium and stay for the chapter meeting. The Symposium features renowned national speaker and advocate of mental health nurses, Dr. Virginia Trotter Betts, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, State of Tennessee. General and multiple breakout sessions will be held during the full day conference, with expert speakers focusing on treatment of psychiatric disorders in adults and children, as well as addiction care, forensic nursing, psychiatric emergencies, and the use of the Electronic Medical Record in mental health settings

Dr. Elizabeth Poster, Dean of the College of Nursing and a past APNA President commented that “…This APNA chapter and these annual conferences are important to meet the life-long learning needs of nurses and other health care professionals who are the on the front lines of psychiatric mental health care for Texans of all ages.”

For more information about the upcoming symposium and for registration, please go to www.uta.edu/ded/nursing