”Why I Joined ISPN”



My relationship with ISPN began in 2017, when I was awarded a student travel scholarship and attended the 2017 conference in Tempe, Arizona. Even at my first conference, I was astounded by how “at home” I felt. ISPN members were warm, welcoming, and always quick to encourage newcomers to become involved in the organization. Since then, I have attended the conference annually, and have increased my involvement in ISPN.

Currently, I serve on the membership committee, and have been involved in abstract review for the annual conferences. It is so rewarding to give back to ISPN, as it is a professional organization that truly cares about and is supportive of individual members. While a graduate student, ISPN was willing to collaborate with me regarding the development of educational modules involving the opioid epidemic, and graciously distributed these modules to their members. This is a great example of ISPN’s willingness to collaborate with and support individual member endeavors. It became obvious that ISPN truly values the experiences, ideas, and values of their members. Truly, I have never felt more welcomed by a group of like-minded, enthusiastic, and energetic psychiatric-mental health nurses! For this reason, I cannot strongly enough recommend ISPN membership. In addition to the “tangible” benefits, like the conference, subscription to Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, newsletters, and continuing  education opportunities, the “intangible” benefits are invaluable. These benefits include networking, support, encouragement, and opportunities for professional development.

~ Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE



Hello! My name is Beth Bonham. I am a founding director of ISPN and have been a member for over 20 years. One of the remarkable benefits I receive from being an ISPN member is the implementation of my leadership skills, culminating in being elected president in 2015. A close tie to that reason is the relationship and networking I have had with many ISPN members. Attending an ISPN Annual Conference is like homecoming for me – I am surrounded by like-minded souls who are passionate about psychiatric nursing practice, education, and research.

~ Beth Bonham, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN




I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a social and health psychologist.  I have been engaged in the mental health field for approximately 25 years.  I have been a part of large organizations focused on mental or behavioral health, including the American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Association of Psychiatric Nurses, and the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN). ISPN the most unique and personally rewarding organization with which I hold membership.  ISPN is what we refer to as a niche organization, as it focuses on Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing, internationally. As a result, our organization is tight-knit, purposeful, and powerful.  Advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nurses have a laser sharp focus on providing care for all populations of mental health consumers, including those who are underserved, those in remote or rural locations, and those from diverse populations (e.g., racial/ethnic minority groups, LGBTQIA groups, veterans, children and adolescents, and older adults). It is completely amazing to work with fellow ISPN members each year to focus on education, research, and practice issues that can improve mental healthcare for individuals, families, and communities.  We prioritize advances in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to provide quality care and education.  In addition, we value best practices for integrating mental health care, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and primary care. The members of ISPN lift up one another and provide excellent opportunities for leadership and professional development. Our IMIN program is designed to continue the pipeline of nurses who pursue careers and leadership in psychiatric nursing.  We focus on the latest evidence-based practices and research methods to improve outcomes for our consumers, practitioners, and educators.  I personally have had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in ISPN.   Through this, I have developed strong and trusted relationships with my colleagues and friends in psychiatric nursing.  There is so much that can be done by such a mighty group through continued support.  Our impact can be felt across the nation in the United States and across the globe through our members who live all over the world and will only grow with additional support and resources.   I plan to be a lifelong member of this exceptional organization. I will do all that I can to continue to support its growth and to solicit support from generous individuals and groups who are as passionate about advancing mental health around the world as we are!

~ Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN