Suzane Wilbur, MS, PMHCNS-BC, has been a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association since 1996. She served on the national APNA Awards and Recognition Committee for several years, three of those years as Chair. She was the national APNA Annual Conference Program Chair in 2006. Suzane is the Past Treasurer of the APNA California Chapter.
For 35 years, Suzane Wilbur worked as a psychiatric mental health nurse for the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH), the largest public mental health agency in the nation. She has extensive experience in psychiatric emergency services and in developing and managing mental health programs for people that are living with severe and persistent mental illness. Her publications and presentations include:
Wilbur S, Lynn G. (2007) People with Mental Illnesses in Medical Emergency Rooms: Assessing, Intervening, and Resolving Problems with Dignity and Respect. Course presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
Arns P, Wilbur S. (2004) Community Mental Health Services for Recently Released Forensic Clients: Challenges to Maintaining Community Tenure. Forensic Mental Health Nursing Institute at American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
Suzane currently works part time for the behavioral health department of San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, CA. She provides recovery-oriented group psychotherapy to people that are living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. She lives in Palm Desert with her husband and enjoys cycling, hiking, and reading.