SIG 31: About Us

Who We Are

  • We are a society of advanced practice psychiatric nurses that includes Clinical Nurse Specialists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
  • All of our members hold Masters or Doctoral Degrees in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Many of us have earned additional certification in related fields.
  • We provide high quality, comprehensive, compassionate, accessible and cost-effective mental halth care throughout Colorado.
  • We work with federal, state and local governments to expand mental halth programs, provide better mental health services and improve access to mental health care for under-served areas and populations.

What We Do

  • Assess, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders
  • Provide psychotherapy and counseling
  • Prescribe and manage psychiatric medications
  • Educate mental health consumers, students and other professionals
  • Consult with a wide range of organizations
  • Develop, implement and evaluate mental health programs
  • Design and conduct research in mental health nursing
  • Hold leadership positions in mental health organizations
  • Develop public policy
  • Guide nursing policy and practice
  • Educate community leaders and legislators about presssing mental health issues and problems.

What We Help With

  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Family problems: relationships, marriage, parenting
  • Work and school problems
  • Suicidal and homicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • Human sexuality: gay, lesbian and transgender issues
  • PTSD and related problems
  • Geriatric problems including dementia and psychosis
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Living with physical illness
  • Grief counseling
  • End-of-life issues
  • Organizational development and communication

Where to Find Us

  • Outpatient clinics in hospitals and communities across Colorado
  • Private practice offices
  • Emergency rooms and hospital units
  • Hospice, nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Substance abuse and day treatment programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Schools and college campuses
  • Military bases and combat areas
  • Organizations and businesses
  • Regulatory agencies

CAPPN Officers

President: Karen Lyda, PMHNP, DNP
Vice President: Ruby Martinez, RXN, CNS, PhD
Treasurer & Legislative Director: Laura Mehringer, MS, RXN, CNS
Secretary: Katherine Carley, CNS
Director of IT: Marlene Pino, PFMHNP-BC
Member at Large: Ronnie Shaw, CNS