COVID-19 (coronavirus) 

Updated: April 6, 2020

ISPN 2020 is going Virtual! After thorough investigation and due diligence, the ISPN Board has identified that a virtual 2020 conference will be held summer 2020. The conference schedule will be as planned with select sessions presented live (and recorded for later viewing) and others delivered through high quality recording. Posters will be available for viewing. Registrations already paid will allow access to conference content for 45 days and CEUs provided for those who request them. To read the full message click here

Updated: March 27, 2020

The ISPN Board is moving closer to a final decision about the ISPN 2020 conference plan of action as a result of COVID 19. We had hoped to have all details finalized this week, but we aren’t quite there yet. Another Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday April 1, 2020 and we will endeavor to have final and specific information for you subsequent to that meeting. We greatly appreciate your patience as we thoughtfully navigate these uncertain times together.



Updated: March 20, 2020

After Board deliberations and feedback from the San Antonio venue, we regret to inform our membership that a decision has been made to cancel the ISPN 2020 Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions. We greatly regret the loss of an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas in person but look forward to online delivery of some of this year’s information and to the 2021 conference. To read the full message:



Updated: March 13, 2020

An email was sent to attendees and the ISPN membership today. The ISPN 2020 Annual Conference has been postponed and will take place in early summer in San Antonio. Please do not email to cancel your conference registration or room reservation. We will be in touch next week with the exact process for addressing these issues. If you were scheduled to present, we will be in touch next week with more information. To read the entire email, please click here



The ISPN Board of Directors is meeting this morning to discuss how best to proceed.  We will be in contact with the membership and those registered as soon as we know more.


Updated: March 9, 2020

City of San Antonio COVID-19 update:


Updated: March 6, 2020

Please see the message below from Visit San Antonio:

San Antonio is looking forward to hosting the 2020 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Conference this month. Your attendees will enjoy one of the country’s truly warm, authentic destinations. We treat our visitors like family, ensuring their comfort and safety as a priority.
This is especially true as our city hosted a few American evacuees that tested positive for the coronavirus and were being treated at a quarantined location far from our downtown area. None of the evacuees came in contact with the general public. The evacuees did not arrive at San Antonio International Airport and there are no cases of coronavirus apart from those individuals.
We feel very comfortable that visitors, including your attendees, are safe and protected. Visit San Antonio will continue to stay on top of any happenings regarding the coronavirus and will offer further updates as warranted.
For more information:
·        City of San Antonio:
·        Professional Convention Management Association:


March 5, 2020

ISPN is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of attendees in light of concerns about COVID-19.  The Annual Meeting in San Antonio will take place as planned. 

The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low.  The CDC currently recommends that individuals follow everyday preventative actions that include hand washing, covering your cough, and staying home if you are ill. 

Stay informed and take common-sense precautions (see below). View this interview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


• World Health Organization 
  Twitter: @WHO
     •Who's Travel Advice
     •Who's Coronavirus Event Planning Guide

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  Twitter: @CDCgov
     •Frequently asked questions
     •Travel FAQs
     •Fact Sheet

• Updates from the Airline Industry

• European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control 
  Twitter: @ECDC_EU

• Louisiana Department of Public Health

• City of New Orleans Guidelines

• U.S. Department of State Travel Guidelines

• Conference Health and Safety Tips