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Edilma Yearwood Leads Expert Team Development of Trailblazing Innovation Faculty Tool Kit


Past ISPN President (2016-2017) Dr. Edilma Yearwood led an expert team commissioned by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (ANCC) in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson  to develop the Trailblazing Innovation Faculty Tool Kit. Intended as a teaching tool to inspire nurses to practice with moral courage and compassion, Edilma’s team discovered 17 themes central to nursing practice such as allyship, compassionate care, moral courage, trauma-informed care, and wellness. The themes are highlighted in the documentary 5B, which features first-person accounts from nurses, who without existing protocols, cared for patients during the AIDS epidemic forging a new, person-centered approach to patient care in Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital.Additionally, Carol Davis, nursing editor of HealthLeaders profiles the toolkit in an interview with Edilma in this article, Teaching Future Nurses to Lead With Moral Courage and Compassion. Congratulations, Edilma!

Sara Horton-Deutsch Authors New Book on Nursing Leadership


Dr. Sara Horton-Deutsch, ISPN Past President (2014-2015) and her colleague Dr. Holly Wei are authors of a new book published by Sigma Visionary Leadership in Healthcare: Excellence in Practice, Policy, and Ethics. Sara and her colleagues call for more engaged, open, equitable, inclusive, authentic, and caring leadership styles. Book content includes such topics as evolution of leadership theories, organizational culture and collaboration and policy change among many others. Free downloadable resources include a sample chapter, Facilitator Guide, and Learner Activities Workbook at this link:

Congratulations, Sara!


Past President Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe Appointed to New AACN Initiative

In conjunction with the 2021 The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education, the AACN announced a new initiative to build leadership capacity in new nurses with a special emphasis on developing essential skills in resilience, self-care, and well-being. The new standards include specific competencies related to leadership development, professionalism, emotional intelligence, and developing wellness and resilience. Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe has been appointed to an expert advisory group to develop new learning strategies and assessment measures that relate to personal, professional, and leadership development, including activities and self-reflection that foster health, resilience, and well-being. Well known for her scholarship and clinical work in well-being, mental health, and stress reduction as well as her national leadership roles in psychiatric mental health nursing, Dr. Giscombe joins experts to design innovative clinical learning experiences where students can practice and demonstrate their new competencies. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Washington, DC, August 21, 2018 — The NLN Awards, named for three luminaries in nursing education, are to be presented at the NLN's 2018 Education Summit in Chicago. Selected by the NLN Awards Committee, the awardees will be recognized during a special Honors Convocation on Friday, September 14, 2018. The NLN Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations of prominence within nursing education and the wider stage of American health care.



Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP — Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

Dr. Soltis-Jarrett is the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has demonstrated leadership in nursing education, clinical practice and scholarship for over 30 years and has developed a robust and sustainable program of nursing scholarship that focuses on advancing the role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP). She has been awarded over $7 million in federal, state and regional funding to increase access to quality mental health services by recruiting, educating and placing PMHNPs in underserved, rural, and remote regions in North Carolina where there are gaps in specialty psychiatric services. 



Congratulations to Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, for receiving  The Jessie M. Scott Award, which recognizes a nurse who demonstrates the interdependent relationships among nursing education, practice, and research.  This prestigious award from the American Nurses Association is given annually. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the Editor for Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, official journal of ISPN.




Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, FAAN, an ISPN Board member, received two appointments:

DHHS CMS Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) for a 2-year term beginning June 1, 2018.  The MEDCAC advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on whether specific medical items and services are reasonable and necessary under Medicare law.  They perform this task via a careful review and discussion of specific clinical and scientific issues in an open and public forum.

Gubernatorial appointment to Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission (IPAS) for 3-year term. The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission is the governing authority of Indiana Disability Rights. The Commission is responsible for assuring adequate legal and advocacy services for the protection, promotion and empowerment of the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout Indiana. The Commission provides direction and advice on Indiana Disability Rights' activities, goals, and policies.

(Posted 06/26/2018)


What I have Been Working on this Summer…Julie Bertram, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, PhD

I love the season of summer. It is sunny, there are fresh fruits to eat, and the days are longer. This summer, I have the good fortune of health and energy, and have been exercising regularly. I do well with structure, and have been going to the office most days, even though I am not teaching.

I have been working on a number of interesting projects.... See the different things I have been diving into with course development, research, role development, clinical practice, and conference planning…

Course Development

I am excited to be planning the use of simulations in an undergraduate psychiatric nursing course this fall. I have partnered with the UMSL Department of Psychological Sciences to provide our undergraduate nursing students with low fidelity simulation experiences with foci on attentive listening, therapeutic interviews, working with individuals with Bipolar Mania, and conducting suicide risk assessments. I had taught communication skills to undergraduate students at my former University, but by enlisting another department’s students to serve as standardized patients, I think we’ll witness some amazing learning. I will submit my entire course to IRB for a program evaluation, so that artifacts from the course can be studied.

I am fortunate to have reviewed some current literature on best practices for using standardized patient scenarios. See articles worth reading at the end of this page.


I have conducted one trauma-informed psychotropic medication management training this summer and have 3 more trainings scheduled. This is part of my Joyce Fitzpatrick Research Award-funded work on “Building Better Systems of Support for Foster Youth Who Utilize Psychotropic Medications.”

I have submitted abstracts to present my work at two conferences this fall.

I am also working on two article revisions to submit for publication.

Role Development

I am thrilled to be able to work with my first 4 doctoral candidates this summer. This is the beginning of their dissertation process, and is quite exciting for me as a qualitative methodologist. I enjoy the scholarship and intellectual exchange that happens in meetings and reviewing student work. 

Clinical Practice

I thoroughly enjoy my work as a consultant with two foster care consortiums in town. I offer medication management training for foster parents at one consortium. At the other, I provide information, support, and guidance to a medical coordinator, and attend staffings for youth who reside in residential care. 

Conference Planning

I am very happy to be working with a great group of women to prepare for next year’s conference. We’ve developed the objectives and found a keynote speaker. We have a wonderful enthusiasm and passion for our work as psychiatric nurses and are dedicated to the ISPN organization.  Together, we’re making tremendous progress on our goals.

Articles worth reading:

Kirson, N. Y., Weiden, P. J., Yermakov, S., Huang, W., Samuelson, T., Offord, S. J., ... & Wong, B. J. (2013). Efficacy and effectiveness of depot versus oral antipsychotics in schizophrenia: synthesizing results across different research designs. The Journal of clinical psychiatry74(6), 568-575.

LeClerc, S., & Easley, D. (2015). Pharmacological therapies for autism spectrum disorder: a review. Pharmacy and Therapeutics40(6), 389. It is an open access article available by clicking on this link:

Lewis, K. L., Bohnert, C. A., Gammon, W. L., Hölzer, H., Lyman, L., Smith, C., ... & Gliva-McConvey, G. (2017). The association of standardized patient educators (ASPE) standards of best practice (SOBP). Advances in Simulation2(1), 10. It is an open access article available by clicking on this link:

McCauley E, Berk MS, Asarnow JR, et al. Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents at High Risk for Suicide. A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online June 20. , 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.1109

(Posted on 07/05/2018)

Additional Announcements


  • Dr. Evelyn Parrish was elected to the Nominating Committee of the the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    This agency is responsible for accrediting many schools of nursing.


  • 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. Jane Neese - Member Spotlight
  • 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.