ISPN President's Message

It is with sincere gratitude that I accept the position of ISPN President for 2021-2022. Since becoming a member of ISPN many years ago, I have been embraced, mentored, and nurtured by the members of this incredible organization. This has been an incredible year for nurses, and an important era for Psychiatric Nurses. The world will need ISPN even more to grapple with and help resolve the mental health impact of the global pandemic, as well as the trauma related to racial-ethnic and other forms of discrimination and trauma in our society. We have a great opportunity as psychiatric nurses. We must take up our space; take our seat at the global table and be prepared to take action. The world truly needs psychiatric nurses and advanced practice psychiatric nurses during this time.

In addition to all of the wonderful work that we do and will continue to do as psychiatric nurses, we must remember to prioritize our own self-care. We can wisely take a seat at the table to advance equity and justice in psychiatric-mental health care without sacrificing ourselves. We can remember that teamwork makes the dream work! I often talk to my research team at my university about taking on the virtues of ants.  As one tiny ant, we may be perceived as not strong or mighty enough to get an important job done. However, if we march arm and arm and row by row, we can do just about anything we put our minds to doing. We at ISPN also can be like ants – stronger together. We are the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses! Our name alone is powerful, and to whom much is given, much is expected. The world literally needs us. So how do we use all that we have in us to make a difference? We rely on one another. We actively engage in ISPN. We honor and acknowledge our past by preserving and learning from the work of the founders and trailblazers of this organization, while building a future full of possibilities and potential for global well-being like we’ve never seen before, through focused action and perseverance.

I look forward to working with all of you to keep this work alive. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as the 2021-2022 ISPN President. We have an exciting road ahead of us. Onward and upward, my ISPN colleagues!


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.


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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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