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Council of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses

The Psych council is open for membership to any Psychiatric Mental Health nurse that is a member of NCNA. Non-members are encouraged to join NCNA and then select the Psych Council as a preferred council membership.

We provide a forum for discussion of practice issues and concerns within mental health for the psych generalist (RN,LPN, students)  and APRN (NP,CNS, students). The nature of our council provides a platform to:

  • Offer opportunities for collegiality among its members;
  • Serves as a clearing house for information;
  • Clarifies scope of practice matters;
  • Responds to local, regional, state and national matters affecting practice;
  • Monitors legislation;
  • Creates position papers; provides speakers for other organizations
  • Represents the interests of mental health consumers and our members; and,
  • Provides a unified voice for PMH nurses in North Carolina.

Interested in joining the Council of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses? We would love to have you! NCNA members can join any council by updating their profile. Click on the “Account” tab, then choose “Personal Info” on the left side of the page, and scroll down to choose the councils you wish to join. Don’t forget to hit “Save” at the bottom! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at membership@ncnurses.org.

Council Officers

Chair: Kathleen Peniston PMHNP-BC

Vice Chair: Michelle Franklin, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Advanced Practice Representative: Angela Wilson, RN, MSN, NP

Generalist Representative: Dorinda Snyder RN, MSN, MHA

NP Representative: Jamie Smolko, NP