Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, YSN Associate Professor and Specialty Director for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, is the recipient of the 2012 APNA Award for Distinguished Service.
This award honors Prof. Moller's commitment, initiative, loyalty, integrity and exceptional and meritorious service to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Throughout her career she has developed research and clinical tools that promote recovery for persons diagnosed with complex psychiatric conditions and has partnered with consumers to promote recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders.
"Getting the telephone call last summer that I would be receiving the APNA Distinguished Service Award at our annual meeting in November has elicited many mixed emotions. On one hand it is such an honor that of course I’m overjoyed and humbled at the same time, yet on the other hand, to be honored for giving service to an organization that has been so incredibly interwoven and supportive in my professional life and such a blessing to my personal life that I wish there was some way to create an award to honor APNA for what it does for its members," said Moller. "I have been involved in many professional organizations throughout my 41 years as nurse, but no other group has offered so much at so many different levels to its members. Thank you, APNA for all you do for psychiatric nurses, our patients, and our communities."
A past president of APNA, Moller has presented at numerous APNA conferences on topics such as trauma, illness cognition, recovery from psychosis, and recovery models for inpatient care.
“Her message has affected the ways in which we see and treat people with mental afflictions, and in doing so, she has impacted research, education, and public advocacy,” her colleague Kathleen McCoy DNSc, APRN says. Moller is a member of the APNA Recovery to Practice Steering Committee, Curriculum Workgroup, and Faculty, whose work, as part of a SAMHSA initiative, involves developing curriculum and training materials to increase nursing knowledge of recovery-oriented care and how it translates into nursing practice. “She has mentored many other nurses in APNA to take on positions of contribution and responsibility – thereby ensuring the growth and stability of the organization,” says APNA colleague Mary Jensen, MA, RN, CRSS.