During our annual membership drive this year we continued to actively solicit for new members to join us. We have 100 members currently. Membership requirements are found on our website: CSCSPN. We are a society of advanced practice nurses who specialize in the field of psychiatric mental health. Carolyn Dacres is our membership chair this year and has done a marvelous job keeping up with all the work for us. If you have interest in joining DNA 31, please go to our website and apply. Qualifications and benefits for membership are delineated there.
In September, 2011 we held our annual fall institute, Unique Perspectives for Advanced Practice Nursing. It was held September 23, 24, 25 at the Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado. This is our annual conference for networking and obtaining Continuing education. Topics presented were: How to Make Your Brain Younger; Micronutrients for Mental Health; Treatment of Early Life Trauma; Emotional Freedom Technique; Sex and Gambling Addiction; Medical Marijuana in Colorado and The DSM5. It was a great time as usual with many great educational offerings. Louise Suit was our general chairperson for this event and did a wonderful job organizing, assisted by Jane Karl, Maureen Doran, Maureen Cook, and Carolyn Dacres who were also on the committee.
We have two honors among our members to celebrate this year. We are very proud to present our two award recipients this year.
Dr. Mary Ciambelli, a longtime member of DNA 31, was elected as the president of CNA at the annual convention in October, 2011 held in Denver. Dr. Mary has served on the legislative committee for many years, both NPATCH and GAPP, which she chaired in 2010-2011. During that time she helped write and pass legislation which added nurses to person's who can place mental health holds as well as added nurses to persons who have privileged communication rights with their patients. She was the clinician of the year in 1989. She was very active in reviewing the nurse practice act in 2007-2008. She was DNA nurse of the year in 2009. She has served the needs of the psychiatric patients at Swedish hospital for many years. We are very proud of Mary and feel lucky to have her working for all of us nurses in Colorado.
Dr. Ruby Martinez was honored as our Clinician of the Year for 2011. Ruby has served on our board as the head of our ethics committee for many years, also as past president and co-chair of our legislative committee. Dr. Martinez has served so many roles in our community and has been an inspiring leader to all of us. Among them are: Administrator @ Fort Logan; Faculty member at the U. of Colorado; and more recently providing psychiatric care to clients at the Denver City and County jail and the Independent House Federal Probation Program. One of her passions has been advocating for cultural diversity and she has spoken about this topic on all levels, even nationally. She received her PhD in nursing in 1995 for the U. of Colorado Health Sciences Center. We are all very inspired by Dr. Martinez and are very lucky to have her wisdom and leadership for our organization and the entire community.
One of our own, Maureen Doran has returned from 2 years serving in the Peace Corps with her husband, Dr. Doran, who is a local psychiatrist. They are going to present to our group in January about their adventures serving in South Africa.
Our secretary for the past two years, Holly Vause has left on maternity leave and Karen Schoenhals is now our new secretary.
We continue to be active in the GAPP committee through the efforts of Laura Mehringer and Ruby Martinez this year. Laura also chairs the NPAC committee.
Karen Lyda as our education chair has set up several fun and educative opportunities to be announced on the website.
Cameron Garrett is our Public Relations director and has been instrumental in setting up and maintaining our website along with the expert help of Ann Terrill-Torrez's great computer skills.
Wendy Bresee, Karen Shoenhals, and Ann Terrill-Torrez are new board members this year.