ISPN 2022 Annual Conference
March 16-19, 2022
Redondo Beach, California

Join us for an in person conference in beautiful Redondo Beach! More information will be released on the website as it becomes available. 
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ISPN President's Message

As Mental Health Month 2021 comes to an end, we would like to take time to honor a very special ISPN member, Dr. Catherine Kane, PhD, RN, FAAN. Catherine has been a longstanding, active ISPN member. Most recently, Catherine generously committed to helping ISPN archive its historical records and legacy of achievement and activities to advance mental health around the world. Catherine has agreed to financially support the establishment and five-year maintenance of ISPN’s historical archives at the University of Virginia’s Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry. The ISPN Board and the ISPN Foundation Board will work to implement this initiative, and the two Boards will work together to establish and implement fundraising activities to sustain the ISPN archived collection at UVA. 

We usually spend mental health month reflecting on the very important work that psychiatric nurses to promote mental health and reduce mental health stigma. This year, we also would like everyone to join us in reflecting on the influential and inspiring work of ISPN. We applaud the founding ISPN members, who helped to establish our organization. We also applaud those who have worked to keep our mission and goals alive. 

For information about how to contribute to the ISPN Historical Archives Fund, please click on the link below:

Donation Information

If you would like to donate ISPN documents to the ISPN Historical Archive Collection, please contact ISPN Executive Director, Jessica Retzlaff, at [email protected].

Dr. Catherine Kane, for your extreme generosity and forethought, ISPN honors and appreciates you during Mental Health Month 2021 (and for many, many years to come)!


Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, FABMR
ISPN President


A Message from the ISPN Board of Directors and Diversity & Equity Committee

The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) was officially inaugurated in 1999 at the First Annual ISPN Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. ISPN’s mission is "to support advanced-practice psychiatric-mental health nurses in promoting mental health care, literacy, and policy worldwide". Through the dedicated work of Diversity and Equity Committee members, we deliberately address population needs for a mental health workforce that is diverse and intentional about addressing all forms of racism, discrimination, bias, and injustice. As an organization, we sorrowfully acknowledge the civil unrest that has surfaced across the world in response to a) the disproportionately high death rates of Black, Latino, American Indian/Native American, and impoverished citizens during the COVID-19 Pandemic; and b) the injustice of racism made recently most apparent by the killing of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Department. We condemn this act of inhumanity and continue to be committed to our work to create a society that embraces the health and well-being of all people. We know that now more than ever, our world is in need of compassionate mental health providers to serve as a balm to pervasive trauma, a tool to prevent avoidable health inequities, and an approach to addressing the psychosocial factors that create conditions for oppression and injustice. ISPN envisions a future in which racism is eliminated and diversity, equity, and inclusion exists and are celebrated. We remain dedicated to joining with others to promote equitable, quality mental health care for individuals, families, and communities.

Deborah Johnson, DNP, NP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, ISPN Past President 
ISPN Board of Directors
ISPN Diversity & Equity Committee

ISPN Mission:

To support advanced-practice psychiatric-mental health nurses in 
promoting mental health care, literacy, and policy worldwide.


Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

Official Journal of ISPN

A subscription to Archives of Psychiatric Nursing is a benefit of membership.

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ISPN Gift of Membership

We encourage you to think of a student—or two—whose membership you might sponsor by paying the student's first year of ISPN membership dues of $35. 

A special way to reach out to graduates as well is to support their entry into ISPN by sponsoring their first year of ISPN membership dues of $150. 

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 The IMIN Mentoring Program

The ISPN Mentoring Initiative Navigator Program, or IMIN, is a capacity building project started in 2014 and sponsored by the ISPN Membership Committee. The IMIN model was designed by Dr. Beth Bonham with two aims: to increase an involved membership in ISPN by connecting new members with seasoned ISPN members; and to facilitate leadership succession planning by mentoring members into leadership positions.

The seasoned ISPN member who volunteers to mentor through participation in IMIN may meet the new member initially at the annual conference and share time with the new member that may include meeting for coffee, planning dinner, and introducing the new member to the wider network of ISPN members. The mentor/mentee model can be implemented in any way that is comfortable for the dyad and for any length of time the dyad decides – activities may range from an occasional telephone or email check in to a structured clinical supervision. IMIN is a voluntary program for any members as well as a pathway to quickly connect new members with the larger organization.

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