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International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Foundation

A legacy for future advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing

Click here for all scholarship, award and grant information for 2015. (Applications will be accepted from 8/1/14 through 11/14/14)

The Purpose of the Foundation

  1. To establish a trust, the income of which is used to support and encourage the activities and purposes of the ISPN for charitable, literary, clinical, research, and educational endeavors.
  2. To receive and maintain funds and, as appropriate, expend the income in support of and in furtherance of the purposes of ISPN
  3. To promote psychiatric-mental health nursing and the professional expertise of psychiatric-mental health nurses
  4. To enhance opportunities for communication among psychiatric-mental health nurses and with the clients/persons they serve who experience mental health challenges

The Goals of the Foundation

  • Foster and enhance research and scholarship
  • Promote relevant educational preparation for the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Develop partnerships that strengthen the delivery of mental health care around the globe
  • Support student and international members' attendance at annual conferences

About Us
The Foundation members are the collective ISPN Nurses.  Board of Director members manage the business affairs and fulfill the purpose and goals of the Foundation.  Each member of the Board is a current member of ISPN in good standing.  The Board of Directors is composed of no less than three or no more than seven members, elected by the ISPN Foundation Board.  The ISPN treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board but without voting rights.  Currently there is a Board of Director President, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary, and four additional members.  Members of the Board are appointed to serve for a three year term and may be reappointed for a second three year term.  Board meetings are held on a regular basis throughout the year usually via teleconference calls.  A face-to-face meeting of Board of Director members is conducted during the annual conference where ISPN members are invited to attend. (as presented in the ISPN By-Laws)

ISPN was launched in 1998.  When it became an organization by combining three organizations (ACAPN, ISPCLN & SERPN) one organization already had a foundation.  The Board of Directors for ISPN determined that ISPN needed its own foundation, providing a place for the foundation already in existence--The Robert O. Gilbert Foundation of ACAPN.

In 2001, ISPN President, Dr. Linda Finke charged ACAPN Division Director, Dr. Beth Bonham, and SERPN Division Director, Dr. Lorna Mill Barrell, with developing bylaws for the Foundation.

When this task was completed, the ISPN Foundation was established in 2002 as a trust to support the mission of ISPN.  Dr. Finke and the ISPN Board appointed the first Board of Director members for the Foundation:  Dr. Jeanne Clement (SERPN), Dr. Judith Coucouvanis (ACAPN), Ann Robinette, CNS, RN-BC (ISPCLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, PhD, APRN-BC (ISPN founding member).

Activities and Events

  • ISPN Foundation Event
  • Sponsor a fund-raising event at ISPN's annual conference (Silent Auction)
  • Encourage donations from ISPN members and others via conference applications, membership and membership renewal applications, e-blasts, mailings of letters and a brochure, etc.
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for pharmaceutical companies that research and develop psychotropic medications
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for other businesses and organizations that want to promote and support mental health and psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Develop and sell fundraising products, such as Foundation t-shirts
  • Present Research Grant(s) from donations to ISPN
  • Present Education Grant(s) to advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing students
  • Present Scholarships to students to attend ISPN conferences

Current Updates with Past ISPN Foundation Events and Recipients

 Conference Events


2014 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Hyatt Regency Greenville


2012 - Reception and Auction at the Jimmy Carter Museum


2011 - Dinner and Silent and Live Auction on March 31, 2011 in Tucson, AZ


2010 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 15, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri


2009 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 2, 2009, Greenville, South Carolina


2008 - Dinner and Dancing on the Spirit of Jefferson Steamboat, Louisville, Kentucky


2007 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


2006 - Dinner and Raffle at Mattie's House of Mirrors in Denver, Colorado





  Scholarships, Awards and Grants for 2015  (Applications will be accepted from 8/1/14 through 11/14/14)


Annual Conference Travel Scholarships offered for all members including international members and students $750 each!
For Members
For Students





One Research grant for $1,000 - Mental Health and Wellness Research Award





One Research grant for $1,500 from ISPN Foundation! - ISPN Foundation Psychiatric Nursing Research Grant



2014 Award Winners  (Click on the photos below to download the award commentaries in PDF format)

Dr. Abir Bekhet, PhD, RN, H.S.M.I.2014 ISPN Research Award and 2014 Research Grant Award
Dr. Abir Bekhet, PhD, RN, H.S.M.I.

Marquette University

I'm very honored to have received two research awards from the ISPN: The 2014 ISPN Research Award and the 2014 Research grant award from the research foundation.

I have always thought that positive thinking and using one's resources are the keys for overcoming challenges and creating our own destiny.  So, over the last few years, my program of research has focused on the effects of positive thinking, resourcefulness, and resilience in overcoming adversity in vulnerable populations that include older adults, children, adolescents, nursing students, and family caregivers of persons with mental illnesses, autism, and dementia.  All of my research studies have consistently focused on "positive concepts"-strengths and assets of individuals, rather than shortcomings, deficits, and disorders.

The ISPN grant award will fund my new descriptive and correlational study that will examine the potential moderating effects of positive cognitions and resourcefulness (resistance factors) on the relationship between caregivers' burden and their perception of their children's challenging behaviors (risk factors), and their adaptive outcomes (depression, physical and mental health, and life satisfaction) among caregivers of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This study will provide direction for the development of resourcefulness and positive thinking training intervention to improve the psychological well-being of autism caregivers, which in turn will have an impact on their children's challenging behaviors.

With these awards I will be able to pursue my ambitions; the ISPN grant will be a seed for a larger federal grant that will test the effects of positive thinking and resourcefulness training interventions on improving the psychological well-being of caregivers of persons with autism and reducing their children's challenging behaviors.  It is so wonderful to feel that my hard work has been paid off and I'm very grateful to ISPN for funding my research.  I would like to thank the research committee for these awards which I believe will give me a tremendous push so my research can be instrumental in helping both caregivers and their children to overcome their challenges.


Steven Pryjmachuk, PhD PGDipEd RN, CPsychol SFHEA 2014 ISPN Travel Scholarship
Steven Pryjmachuk, PhD PGDipEd RN (Mental Health) CPsychol SFHEA

The University of Manchester

It was a privilege to receive a 2014 travel award from the ISPN Foundation. I found my very first ISPN conference (San Antonio 2013) to be welcoming, scholarly, and inspiring--so much so that I was determined to come again and catch up with the great ISPN colleagues I had met. The travel award enabled me to do just that, and I wasn't disappointed!

The Greenville conference was just as friendly and stimulating, and I feel I have made some good friends through ISPN. There is also so much we psychiatric-mental health nurses can learn from each other when we compare and contrast our own local perspectives internationally.

I am sincerely hoping that I can be with you all again in Seattle in 2015.


Kristina Stevens, RN, MSN2014 ISPN Student Travel Scholarship
Kristina Stevens, RN, MSN

University of Illinois at Chicago

I am so honored to have been the recipient of the 2014 ISPN student travel scholarship. I could not have afforded to attend the conference without the scholarship. The generosity of ISPN members to fund the student travel scholarship truly opened doors for me that would have otherwise remained closed. New to psychiatric nursing, I had never attended a psychiatric nursing conference. And I am happy to say that I was warmly welcomed into the fold from the moment I landed in Greenville, S.C.

I learned a tremendous amount from the Susan McCabe lecture given by Dr. DeSocio on The Synergy of Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology in Mediating Brain Change. Lectures like hers and all the rest that followed left me tremendously excited to be entering such a dynamic and revolutionary field. After the conference I left full of ideas to explore, research, and wanting to learn more. Additionally, I accrued several mentors that graciously have taken me under their wing, fostering my nascent career and providing me confidence to expand my horizons.

I could not imagine a better first psychiatric conference experience, and I can honestly say I plan on being a lifelong member of the ISPN. I have already joined the ISPN web development team as the Web Editor, and I plan on becoming more involved as I immerse myself in my newly chosen field.

I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for both ISPN and myself. These are exciting times and leadership and commitment is needed from those joining the rank of psychiatric nurses at every level, from floor nurse to doctorate administrators. I am proud to count myself as one of those at the forefront of bringing psychiatric mental health nursing to the forefront of holistic patient care.








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