Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, Associate Professor and Specialty Director for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing, began her one-year term as president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) in October 2009.
APNA is an 6,500 member-driven organization with a strong infrastructure and member outreach program. Moller said that, "Being the president as we begin a new decade will definitely be the highlight and peak of my 39-year career as a nurse."
Moller stated a commitment to advocacy for psychiatric nurses in the areas of education, research, policy, and practice, as well as the patients they care for. She explained, "We are facing a critical juncture in time related to the future of psychiatric nursing as we determine our organizational plan for the implementation of the APRN Consensus document and continue to define and refine our complex role. I'm committed to furthering the cause of the integration of mental health care into primary care as well as to seeing the incorporation of primary care into the ongoing care of patients with serious and persistent mental illnesses."
Moller is dually certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric-mental health nursing and as psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. Widely published and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, in 1992 Moller established the first nurse- owned and managed rural outpatient psychiatric clinic in the U.S. She has been a member Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, since 1982.