Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Association of Advance Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Who we are

We are a group of advance practice mental health nurse practitioners in the Washington State area. We have gathered together to support our fellow providers, share new ideas, network with like minds, and garner support from our legislature through lobbyist Leslie Emerick.


-Protect our scope of practice
-Support professional autonomy and authority
-Maintain excellent practice

Benefits of Membership

-Lobbying to protect scope of practice
-online resources
-monthly and annual meetings allow for shared leadership, expertise, and networking opportunities.

Contact us:

President: Po Karczewski, MN, ARNP

Newsletter: Bonita Quiroz-Cantu, MSN, ARNP

Additional areas of interest

If you are interested in lobbying on behalf of AAPPN, we would love to hear from you. We must gather together to have a voice on our behalf. Our scope of practice is dependent on legislation and the board of nursing. We need to continue to influence these important groups to have the widest scope possible. Addtional questions we can answer: update on the affordable care act as it was addressed by our president Mr. Karczewski as we move into the second enrollment period. The last update was from October, 2013. Let's discuss at our next conference how the affordable care act is influencing care for behavioral health patients, has it changed how we practice? In what ways has it changed and it this a positive or negative change? Unfortunately due to our limited personnel, we have trouble returning emails, and seek volunteers to get involved.