About ISPN


ISPN – The International Society of Psychiatric-Mental health Nurses – was formed in 1999 as a result of the amalgamation of four independent psychiatric-mental health nursing organizations. More information on the history of ISPN history, can be found here.

Mission and Practices (adopted September 2014)

ISPN’s mission is ‘to support advanced-practice psychiatric-mental health nurses in promoting mental health care, literacy, and policy worldwide’.

The practices of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses are to:

  • Strengthen the presence and voice of advanced practice psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nurses through contributions to standards, curricula, and public policy statements that promote equitable quality mental health care for individuals, families, and communities
  • Promote advanced practice psychiatric nurses to deliver lifespan mental health care and literacy education to clients, families, and communities
  • Promote members' research and the development of scholarship through funding, presentations, and publications
  • Support members' efforts to collaborate with clients, families, communities, and national and international partners to address mental health issues
  • Provide education, leadership development, and networking for members through conferences, online resources, service opportunities, and partnerships