Dr. Tari Dilks, professor of nursing at McNeese State University, has
been elected president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses
Association Board of Directors. Dilks will begin her term at the APNA
32nd Annual Conference Oct. 24-27 in Columbus, Ohio.
co-coordinator of McNeese’s Master of Science in Nursing programs and
director of the psychiatric/mental health track for the Intercollegiate
Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing partnership involving
McNeese, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University
and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
"Dr. Tari Dilks
exemplifies the commitment and dedication it takes to succeed in the
nursing profession,” said Dr. Peggy Wolfe, dean of the College of
Nursing and Health Professions. "She is a true leader in her field of
psychiatric and mental health nursing and we are proud of our
With a career spanning more than 40 years, she has
practiced nursing at every level. Previously serving as president of
APNA Louisiana Chapter among other leadership roles, she consistently
advocates for awareness of psychiatric-mental health issues. She
currently chairs the APNA Practice Council and was the 2017 recipient of
the APNA Award for Excellence in Education.
delivery must include the recognition of psychiatric-mental health (PMH)
in total health promotion and prevention,” says Dilks. "APNA’s
membership brings a richness of expertise in evidence-based models in
practice, research, administration, therapy, education and collaboration
in multiple environments and I teach about them every day.”
adds, "My experience in inclusive leadership, education and practice at
all the PMH nursing levels are assets that I can bring to the APNA
Board. PMH nursing is a strong and trusted voice for consumers of mental
Dilks obtained her doctorate in nurse
practitioner/family psychology from the University of Tennessee, her
Master of Science in Nursing degree and her Master of Arts degree in
psychology both from McNeese and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree from West Texas State University. She is a family nurse
practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a
licensed professional counselor in Louisiana.
She has also been
recognized for her leadership by the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners with the Louisiana Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence
and her induction into the academy as a Fellow.