ISPN Member Spotlight

ISPN Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Jane NeeseDr. Jane Neese

This month's spotlight is on Dr. Jane Neese, North Carolina, who is also a member of the ISPN Nominating Committee.

Please tell us about yourself
Currently, I am the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Charlotte where I started my academic career in 1994. I've been an academic administrator since 2002 and absolutely have utilized my psychiatric liaison clinical nurse specialist skills on a daily, if not hourly, basis. I can't imagine not having some background in psychology, psychiatry, etc. to do this job. As you can imagine, all that individual therapy practice comes in handy when dealing with distraught students, faculty or staff and the group therapy skills come into play in working on the multitude of committees. I have been on so many university and college committees that the Chancellor appointed me to lead and coordinate commencement! The old phrase, "no good deed goes unpunished", is rampant in academia. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught undergraduate and graduate psychiatric nursing courses as well as clinical and practicum - thoroughly enjoyed teaching. In fact, I enjoyed teaching so much that I currently teach a freshmen college success class (similar to many freshmen orientation classes). It really is a blast! During my tenure as faculty, I received several grants related to older adults and online education as wells as mentored faculty and students - I still mentor folks now. I'm also a CCNE accreditor, which has been fascinating - the variety and depth of nursing programs across the country.

On a personal level, I've been married for 29 years and have two children; a son who is 25 years old and a daughter who is 22 years old. Now that my children are "out of the house", I've returned to playing competitive tennis in USTA leagues. This year my 40+ and 55+ USTA Ladies teams made it to the state playoffs! My husband and I just rebuilt my family house at Edisto Beach, SC where you'll find us every month. I walk the beach looking for shells as he stands in the surf catching fish.

Tell us about your experience with ISPN
Quite frankly, I've grown up in ISPN. When I was a fledgling Psychiatric Liaison CNS, I met Peggy Dulaney and we started going to conferences together related to our role - that was in 1987. I was part of the original group that wrote The Standards of Psychiatric Consultation - Liaison Nursing in 1990 and was a charter member of the International Society of Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurses in 1990.  When I went to doctoral school, I discovered the Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing (SERPN), where I presented most of my research papers. And, subsequently, I've been an ISPN member at its inception. I've served on numerous committees within ISPCLN, SERPN and ISPN over the years and thoroughly enjoyed all getting to know and learn from so many bright, exciting professionals.

Please describe your vision for ISPN over the next 5 years
ISPN has worked diligently in garnering international members and we really need to continue to increase our international membership, but also our domestic membership. ISPN does represent advanced practice, education and research in all areas of psychiatric mental health nursing. We absolutely must cultivate the young psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, DNPs, and PhDs, whom we are graduating throughout the country to be part of our organization.

Is there anything else you would like members to know? 
As most members know, you learn a lot from your peers at conferences not only about professional content, but also about navigation in different areas in your life. I know that my ISPN colleagues are my friends, confidants, and inspiration in many areas in my life… and hope new members will feel the same. 
(Posted 7/7/17)


Additional Announcements


  • Sara Horton-Deutsch, with co-author Jan Anderson, have written a new book, Caritas Coaching: A Journey Toward Transpersonal Caring for Informed Moral Action in Healthcare. The book, available from Sigma,  represents the Caritas Coach Education Program which is based on the moral, ethical, philosophical, and practice principles of Caring Science. 
  • Edilma Yearwood and Cynthia Handrup were named board members of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice. Edilma Yearwood serves as Secretary and Cynthia Handrup serves as President-Elect, respectively, on the Global Alliance’s Board. The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association (ORTHO), was renamed in 2016. Information about ORTHO's renaming can be found at


  • Dr. Victoria Soltis-Jarrett , Past President of ISPN (2011-2013) and Ross Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of the PMHNP Program at UNC- Chapel Hill, was awarded a $1.1 million grant from Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to advance mental health nursing in rural areas of North Carolina. Dr. Soltis-Jarrett and her colleagues will educate 12 new primary care nurse practitioners (NP) to implement integrated (mind/body) health care for patients in NC's rural and underserved counties. Click on the link below for more information about this grant.


  • Dr. Theodora Sirota has accepted a position as Associate Dean in the School of Health and Natural Sciences and Chair of the Nursing Department, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT.


  • ISPN congratulates Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN , on being named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the editor of ISPN's journal Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.


  • Dr. Jill Bormann , ISPN member and currently the Associate Chief Nurse for Research at the VA in La Jolla, CA has spent decades researching the impact on Mantram (a technique or mindfulness) on PTSD, Healthcare staff, wellness etc. Oprah picked her research and profiled it in the August edition of "O" magazine. Dr. Bormann presented her work at ISPN's 2015 conference. Kudos to Dr. Bormann for recognition of her research and success!

6/5/16 - 7/28/16

  • Andrea Kwasky DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCN received a Nightingale Award as Distinguished Faculty from Oakland University in May, Detroit, Michigan

  • Evelyn Parrish PhD, APRN-BC, ISPN Past President (2013-2014) was named Editor in Chief of the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.

  • Ukamaka Oruche MSN, RN, CNS, PhD was appointed to the Indiana State Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce Task Force. The group will make recommendations to the Governors Health Workforce Council.

  • Barbara Frechette DNP, PMHNP, FCN presented her paper, Hurtology: An Online Course at the 3rd Pediatric Nursing Association of Europe (PNAE) Congress in Porto, Portugal May 2016.

  • Edilma Yearwood PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN and Sally Raphel MS, APRN/PMH,FAAN presented their paper, Leading Nursing Educational Progress in Child Mental Health, at the 3rd PNAE Congress on Pediatric Nursing in Porto, Portugal May 2016.

  • Geraldine S. Pearson PMH-CNS, PHD, FAAN, ISPN Past President (2006-2009), was appointed Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

  • Cheryl Woods Giscombe PhD, PMHNP-BC was named a Macy Faculty Scholar from The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and is the director of the Interprofessional Institute for Mental Health Equity, the project she developed as a Macy Scholar. In addition, Dr. Woods Giscombe was a Scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program.

  • Nancy Fowler, PMHNP, practicing at the Isaac Ray Center, Inc. in Chicago, IL was promoted to Psychiatric Services Administrator at the Center.

  • Mary Weber PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP will be inducted as a new Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October, 2016.

  • Marian Newton PhD, RN, CS, PMHNP, ANEF was inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. Additionally, Dr. Newton was selected as one of the 60 Gator Nurse Greats in honor of the University of Florida College of Nursing's 60th anniversary,  recognizing 60 outstanding alumni who exemplify the ideals of the College's tri-partite motto "Care, Lead, Inspire."

  • Pamela Galehouse PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC presented her paper, Supporting the Behavioral Health of Children: Temperament Based Interventions to Support Development and Reduce Risk, at the 3rd PNAE Congress on Pediatric Nursing in Porto, Portugal May 2016.