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Join us in Seattle for the 2015 ISPN Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference!

Looking to the Future: Interprofessional Relationships, and
Collaborations in Mental Health
March 24-28, 2015    The Grand Hyatt in Seattle, Washington
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Thank you for a successful 2014 ISPN Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference!

Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses:
Advancing Mental Health Across the Lifespan
March 25-29, 2014    The Hyatt Regency in Greenville, South Carolina

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Registration is now open for the 2015 ISPN Psychopharmacology Institute and Annual Conference, March 24-28, at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, WA! View the Preliminary Program here.




Three new or updated ISPN white papers examine children and mental health:  Rights of Children Receiving Psychiatric and Substance Disorder Treatment; Youth Violence and Violence Prevention; and Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Youth in Juvenile Justice. View them here.




Do you know an outstanding member of ISPN who should be recognized for their hard work?   Nominate them for an award!  Click here to learn more about the awards and nomination process.




HHS Peer Reviewer Opportunities
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently recruiting individuals who are interested in being peer reviewers for our upcoming grant review season. Specifically, our focus is to identify individuals with expertise in the integration of primary care – including HIV care, with mental and substance use disorders treatment. Go to ISPN Members site for full details.




RMEI is offering a free continuing education "program-in-a-box" activity titled, "Clinically Meaningful Response in MDD: A Multidisciplinary Approach." The program is available for CMHC staff and is certified for 1.0 credit/contact hour for physicians and registered nurses. More information located in the ISPN Members Only Section.




New Substance Use Assessment Series available from Symptom Media,  a strategic alliance of ISPN. Five new training films address treatment of the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.




New ISPN Member Benefit: Continuing Education Opportunities Online

Adherence in Schizophrenia: Increasing Competence, Cooperation, and Customized Patient Solutions--Annenberg Center for Health Sciences.  CEU webcast (two hours). Psychotherapist and medication management expert, Cynthia Taylor Handrup, DNP, APN, PMHCNS-BC, provides her perspective on increasing adherence and reducing the burden of schizophrenia on patients and the community.

"Nonadherence and Its Impact in Schizophrenia: How Can We Make a Difference? RMEI. 1.40 CEUs upon successful completion of activity.
This activity is based on material developed for a live, continuing nursing education symposium presented during the ISPN 2014 Annual Conference in Greenville, S.C. A simple registration is required to participate, and you can download all activity materials from the site.

Click here to access the Continuing Education Opportunities




Symptom Media New Releases:
Mental Health Education and Training Film Library; check out their new releases: DSM 5 Guided First Responder Series.




Your ISPN Members at Work!

Our own ISPN Member, Sean P. Murphy, was featured on "Inside Higher Ed" June 18, 2014.  Check out his enlightening article about his switch from English PhD to Psych Nurse.  Read Article Here


Psychiatric-Mental Health NursingThe 2014 Edition of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice Now Available!
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice articulates the essentials of psychiatric-mental health nursing at multiple levels and settings. It reflects the diverse activities in which general and advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses are engaged and serves them in their clinical practice, education, research, and community service.

Special thanks to the Task Force composed of psychiatric-mental health nurses from ISPN and APNA who reviewed and updated the publication.

    Kris McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CADC-ll, FAAN - APNA Co -Chair, Catherine Kane, PhD, RN, FAAN - ISPN Co-Chair, Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIM, Kathleen Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP, RN, Amanda DuWick, BSN, BC-RN, Carole Farley-Toombs, MS, RN, NEA, B, Kay Foland, PhD, MSN, RN, Sara Horton-Deutsch, RN, CNS, DNSc, Susan Krupnick, MSN , PMHCNS-BC, ANP, C-PRE, Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Sue Odegarden, MA, MS, BSN, R, Peggy Plunkett, MSN, PMHCNS, APRN, Diane Snow, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CAR, Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, Christine Tebaldi, MS, PMHNP-B, Edilma Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN

To order, and for special ISPN pricing, log into the ISPN Members Only Section




Disruptive Behaviors in Nursing Practice and Education by Karen M. Stanley, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC - Download the PDF (233K)




ANCC implemented new professional development renewal requirements on January 1, 2014
All candidates submitting a renewal application must complete Category 1 (75 continuing education hours) plus one additional category. All advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) must include at least 25 of the 75 continuing education hours in pharmacotherapeutics to fulfill their Category 1 requirement.




ISPN and Symptom Media NEW Strategic Alliance
ISPN and Symptom Media are working together to provide a great product to ISPN members. For more information, visit the ISPN Strategic Alliances page and visit Symptom Media the Annual Conference.





Visit the ISPN members only section of the website to listen to the Report of the ISPN/APNA Task Force on Licensure, Accreditation, Credentialing, and Education (LACE) Panel presentation from the 2011 Annual Conference in Tucson.



CNS Prescriptive Authority by State (PDF)




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