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SMU Student Honored by American Psychiatric Nurses Association


Chau Le, ELMSN-CM student, at medical mission

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) student Chau Le, Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program, case management track, December 2013 cohort, was one of 20 nursing students from across the country to be named to the inaugural class of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors Student Scholars.

The APNA scholarship program honors graduate and undergraduate nursing students who have demonstrated a commitment to psychiatric mental health nursing. The program seeks to encourage these students’ professional growth and aims to develop young talent within the psychiatric nursing workforce.

As a recipient of the scholarship, Le will receive registration, travel and lodging expenses to attend the APNA 27th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 9-12, 2013. Le will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in the APNA, as well as opportunities for mentorship, professional development and participation in psychiatric mental health nursing initiatives.

“It is exciting to be able to offer some of psychiatric mental health nursing’s best and brightest students this opportunity,” said APNA President Beth Phoenix. “APNA looks forward to fostering their professional growth and engaging them in APNA activities that help to lead the way in advancing mental health.”

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.