Warren selected as 2016 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Nurse of the Year

College of Nursing faculty receives esteemed honor for commitment to psychiatric nursing

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio State University College of Nursing is honored to announce that Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN, has been selected by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as its 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year.

The award recognizes an APNA member who demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities.

Warren is a professor of clinical nursing at the College of Nursing and director of its Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan Specialty. Her research interests include the interrelated perspectives of mental health, wellness and illness in the context of systems and organizational structures. Her work focuses on these perspectives in the context of culture, inclusion and health care disparities in relation to individuals, communities and populations.

“We are so proud of Barb and her innovative work to improve the delivery of mental health services,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Ohio State’s associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Her valuable contributions to psychiatric nursing continue to have a lasting and profound impact in the field. Barb is so deserving of this esteemed honor.”

“I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me, both personally and professionally,” said Warren upon receiving the award. “These include my parents, grandparents and other family elders. Then there is Dr. Peplau, Dr. Sills and Dr. Clement who helped me grow and develop as a psychiatric nurse, academician and clinician.”

Warren was selected by the APNA for meeting the following award criteria:

  • Demonstrates vision in providing creative solutions.
  • Exhibits and encourages risk taking.
  • Challenges traditional roles and perspectives of psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  • Champions the facilitation of mental health services for individuals/families/communities.
  • Disseminates psychiatric-mental health nursing knowledge (published paper or oral presentation).
  • Is recognized as a leader committed to assisting other nurses in their development as psychiatric-mental health nurses.

She also received the APNA Service Award in 2012 and its Excellence in Leadership Award in 2005.