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Join Us In Minneapolis, MN April 12-16, 2016

9th Annual Psychopharmacology Institute and
18th Annual Conference

The Future Is Now:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Leading, Advocating, Practicing, and Educating
April 12-16, 2016  •  Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Thank you for joining 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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ISPN Self Care Room Video
2015 Award Winners

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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing The 2014 Edition of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
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

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Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation, by Gwen D Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch (ISPN past president), won second place in the Professional Issues category of the American Journal of Nursing 2015 Book of the Year Awards. In this second book following their highly regarded book Reflective Practice, the authors focus on reflective learning as a catalyst for transforming traditional organizations and environments, making a strong case that the way organizations incorporate change into their culture or processes ultimately affects sustainability.




CNS Prescriptive Authority by State (updated 12/15)




Dr. Ukamaka M. Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing, received the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the category of  Excellence in Public Health Research--one of Indiana's premier health awards. Her work in psychiatric family nursing was featured in IFNA News PostRead the article here.




Dr. Debbie V. Thomas, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, received a 2015 Florence Nightingale Award. This award is given to selected nurses who impact patient lives, improve health outcomes, and elevate the profession of nursing. Congratulations, Debbie!




 • On World Mental Health Day I collaborated with a team from the Western Washington Archdiocese to share information via an all-day workshop and mental health fair about suicide, prevention, recovery, and hope. Approximately 50 people attended from parishes throughout our diocese. They take information they receive back to their communities to work with families, teens, veterans, adults, and elderly adults.
I conducted an interactive session to familiarize participants with two educational programs on awareness about mental health conditions for teens, both produced by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Say It Out Loud, and Ending the Silence.

    Helen Teresa "Trez" Buckland, PhD, MEd?
    Project Director for ONE-DA: Online Neuroscience Education about Drug Addiction
    School of Nursing University of Washington, Seattle

 • We had a "Take a Mental Health Day" at West Chester University (PA). It was a wonderful awareness day.

    Christine Moriconi Psy.D, RNC, LMFT
    Assistant Professor
    School of Nursing West Chester University (PA)




Symptom Media, a strategic alliance of ISPN, has released Depression Assessment Series: Assessment to Evaluate Insight or Treatment in Patients with Depression A-1, a five-part training tool in its online mental health education and training library. To learn more and view trailers, visit




News About Members:

 • Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE/Professor of Nursing, Department of Community & Health Systems at Indiana University School of Nursing, was appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Mental Health & Addiction Services Development Program Board. "Angie's appointment to this Board is a direct reflection on her tremendous efforts to advance the science and provide evidence-based practice in the area of Mental Health and Addiction and her stellar work in teaching the next generation of psychiatric practitioners," according to the university. Angie is Editor of ISPN's Connections Newsletter.

 • Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Watson Human Caring Science Endowed Chair Director, Watson Caring Science Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, is the co-author with Gwen D. Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, of "Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation."  The book, published by Sigma Theta Tau International, addresses how educators and practitioners can be flexible and responsive to change in today's healthcare environment. Sara is past president of ISPN.




October 10, 2015, is World Mental Health Day. The theme is: Dignity in Mental Health
ISPN joins with organizations all over the world, including The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

Here are some suggested things YOU can do (from the WFMH):

  • Please share "What Dignity Means to You" via A selection of your responses will be posted on the ISPN website (with permission, of course!).
  • Host a small "in-service" with fellow nurses to educate them on recent information and discuss what they can do to improve the treatment of mental health consumers.
  • Gather nurses and patients together to work on a plan of action to create a better environment and help preserve dignity.
  • Hold a reception, a party, a march, a simple gathering during lunch-anything to bring people together to talk about the theme this year.
  • Spread the word.

If you do something to celebrate and acknowledge Dignity in Mental Health on Oct. 10, please let your ISPN Board know. We are on a mission to be more globally aware and form alliances with other global organizations.




Symptom Media, a strategic alliance of ISPN, has released "Gun Safety Assessment Series," an eight-part training tool in its online mental health education and training library. To learn more and view trailers, visit




ISPN Two-Minute Education Survey
As we move into 2016, we are embarking on developing a series of educational programs that we hope will be valuable to you all. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey that will help us better understand your areas of interest, practice setting, and teaching responsibilities.




Continuing Education Opportunity for ISPN members: Cases in Binge Eating Disorder
1.0 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity. Designated for 0.3 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Expiration date: July 28, 2016.

Click here to access the Continuing Education Opportunities




McNelis to be FAAN
ISPN is proud to announce that ISPN member (Indiana) Angela M. McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE, Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and Editor of ISPN Connections Newsletter, has been selected as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. She will be inducted at the Academy's annual policy conference October 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Angie!




The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Foundation is currently accepting applications for its two Research grants and Conference Travel Scholarships. Current and new ISPN members and students are eligible to apply. Please click here for information and application instructions. Application deadline is November 30, 2015.




Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHNP, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been named to the fifth class of Macy Faculty Scholars.
Dr. Giscombι will develop the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity to engage pre-professional students in curricula and service-learning activities to promote integration of community-based strategies while targeting social determinants of health and policy change. The Interprofessional Leadership Institute will also enhance workforce diversity (in partnership with Racial/Ethnic Minority-Serving Colleges/Universities) while facilitating educational innovations to eliminate mental health disparities.
Macy Faculty Scholars engage in activities to enhance their career as an educator, as well as pursuing a mentored educational innovation project at their home institution.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York, is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals.




ISPN Bylaws Revisions Approved: The ISPN membership overwhelmingly approved revised bylaws on May 28, 2015. The ISPN Board formally approved the bylaws revisions at its June 4, 2015, Board meeting.
Read the revised bylaws 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.




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.




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.




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




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.



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