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DNP Student Named APNA Scholar

Margaret Burchianti, a third-year DNP student at the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing, was recently named to the 2014 Class of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors Student Scholars.

These 10 graduate and 10 undergraduate students have an enthusiasm for psychiatric-mental health nursing that is palpable. With demonstrated commitment to their education and motivation to make a difference in psychiatric-mental health nursing care, they are students that the association is honored to support.

“I was really excited when I found out I was named an APNA scholar,” said Burchianti. “The association is very committed to mentoring the scholars and helping us get involved in current projects or interest groups in the organization, which will undoubtedly have a very positive impact on my career as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.”

Each recipient will enjoy a one-year complimentary membership in APNA, as well as registration, travel, and lodging for the APNA 28th Annual Conference this October 22-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“I've wanted to attend the national conference ever since I learned about the organization during my pre-licensure nursing program,” added Burchianti. “Besides all the great sessions, the conference will be a great chance to meet psychiatric nurses from around the country who are passionate about improving mental health care and expanding the influence of the psychiatric nursing profession. It will be immensely valuable to learn from them and to discuss current issues in the field.”

“It is so great to have UI represented among the scholars for this award,” said Marianne Smith, PhD, RN, associate professor. “This is the fifth consecutive year that our students have been honored by this award, which is huge!”

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. More information can be found at

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Jul 31st, 2014