Angela Goodson is one of 15 undergraduate/pre-licensure students nationwide and the only one from a Michigan college or university who has received a scholarship to attend the 2017 conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in Phoenix, Ariz.
Goodson received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Board of Directors Student Scholarship as a nursing student at Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus. The award includes registration, travel and lodging expenses for the conference and a one-year American Psychiatric Nurses Association membership.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on academic merit and dedication to psychiatric-mental health nursing. Goodson of Clarkston was recommended for the award by a co-worker at Havenwyck Hospital in Auburn Hills, where Goodson has worked for four years. Her goal is to work as a psychiatric-mental health nurse at the hospital, and she is interested in helping incarcerated individuals who suffer from mental illness.
“Receiving this award is an absolute honor,” said Goodson, who graduated Aug. 19 with an associate degree in nursing. “I’m especially looking forward to conference breakout sessions focusing on substance abuse and mental illness where I will be able to further my education in this incredibly interesting specialty.”
Approximately 1,600 psychiatric-mental health registered nurses and advanced-practice registered nurses are expected to attend the 2017 conference. It will offer more than 100 continuing education sessions and networking. The theme is Whole Health Begins with Mental Health.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association President Kris McLoughlin said, “This year’s Board of Directors Student Scholars are inspiring. … In realizing their extraordinary potential, they will help ensure that our future is one that includes high-quality psychiatric-mental health nursing care for those in need.”