Member News

Welcome to the Member News section where we will keep you up-to-date on the ISPN Member News. Do you have news or an event you would like promoted on this page? Submit it here.


The Global Alliance for Behavioral Heath and Social Justice Coming Together for Action 2024 is in Chicago on September 26-28th.
Please consider coming to this exciting symposium focusing on the work being done at the intersection of behavioral health, social justice, and human rights.
We could all use some tips on how to fix our world. Join a group of like-minded activists, scholars, and community-based powerhouses to learn, share ideas, and shape an agenda for the future. 
For more information (early bird registration is open and ends on June 30): or contact Cynthia Handrup.

Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN has been selected as part of the seventh cohort of Ambassadors by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The cohort will focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders as to the high-impact, cost-effective interventions and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. The ultimate goal, of the program is to increase research funding for continued scientific breakthroughs and training of scientists made possible by the NINR. Read the full press release here.

ISPN welcomes Barb Peterson, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, APRN, FNAP as its new President. Read more about Barb here

Please join us to learn some simple but effective techniques to stay in your "Resilient Zone" when stressed. The webinar is open to the public.
The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) as a Self-Care Practice to Reduce Burnout and Promote Resiliency in Schools - Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network (

Remembering Claire M. Fagin, PhD

The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice has opened their Call for Proposals for their Coming Together for Action 2024, September 26-28, 2024. Read the Call for Proposals and learn more about the submission requirements. Deadline for submitting is February 15, 2024. 

ISPN Full and Retired Members are invited to cast a ballot for the three open 2024-2025 Board and Committee positions. View the ballot here

Honoring the Legacy of Eddie Bernice Johnson: Psychiatric Nurse Leader and First Nurse to Serve in U.S. Congress

Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin, Past President of ISPN (2019-2020), received the Equity-Minded Leader Award from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. She is one of five to receive this inaugural award.

Dr. Jennifer Graber, Northeast Regional Coordinator of ISPN, was elected to Sigma's International Leadership (2023-2025) during its recent 47th Biennial Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Sally Rachel, ISPN member, was nominated to the NASEM Committee on Strategies to Improve Access to the MH Services through Medicare/Medicaid.  

The 2023 Fall ISPN Connections Newsletter has been released. Read the Fall 2023 issue here

Please join this webinar on November 9: Families Lived Experience with Mental Health Care for a Child. ISPN Member, Sally Raphel, is the moderator for this webinar. For more information click here

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe, as she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine! Read full article here.

Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Past President of ISPN, was one of 22 individuals that Sigma inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Please help me congratulate Dr. Oruche!

On June 9, 2023, Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Past President of ISPN, received the Association of Black Nursing Faculty's Lifetime Achievement Award! Please join me in congratulating Dr. Oruche!

ISPN is pleased to announce that the 2024 ISPN Conference Chair Gabrielle Abelard DNP, PMHNP, PMHCNS- BC, RN, FNAP has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Abelard is the CEO of Abelard Community Mental Health Clinic and the Graduate Program Director Masters, Certificates, and Psychiatric Mental Health Specialty at the UMASS Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing.  
ISPN is also pleased to announce that the 2023 ISPN President Award Recipient, Marian Newton, PhD, MN, BSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, ANEF, has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Newton is Professor Emerita and Adjunct Graduate Faculty in the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at Shenandoah University.

Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.
Congratulations Drs. Abelard and Newton!


The ISPN Board of Directors along with collaboration from the ISPN Policy Committee has approved an ISPN statement on gun violence prevention. See this and all the ISPN Policy Statements and Papers here


Annual Skellern Lecture is happening on June 15, 2023 at 12:00pm ET. This will be a hybrid event where you can attend in person or online. Dr. Anne Aiyegbusi will be giving this year's lecture. The topic will be on mental health care and enduring challenges of racial trauma. Follow this link for more information. 


Briana L. Snyder, PhD, RN, PMH-BC, CNE, RYT 200 received the 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The Distinguished Achievement Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through substantial contributions to (1) clinical, academic/research, and/or educational work in the dissociative and/or complex post traumatic stress disorder field or to (2) ISSTD’s mission and vision. Congratulations Dr. Snyder!


Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice is having an in person conference on October 28-30 in Baltimore, MD. This year's interdisciplinary forum, "New Directions for Behavioral Health: Building Socially Connected and Just Communities" will focus on a major theme each day: equity, behavioral health across the lifespan, and children and families. Register for the Conference.


ISPN would like to congratulate all 250 distinguished nurse leaders that will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing 2022 Class of Fellows, especially to the members of ISPN who are being inducted: Dawn Bounds, Deborah Jones, Karan Kverno, Rene Love, Joyce Shea, R. Lee Tyson, and Rose Mary Xavier! ISPN sends a big congratulations to the seven of you!  


988, a revamped National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that is being billed as the 911 of mental health, is now live in the U.S.

Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade - Read ISPN's statement here.


ISPN strongly supports the implementation of this legislation to save lives and increase access to much needed resources. View here. Direct any questions to Sally Raphel, ISPN Policy Committee Chair. 

Helping Children, Youth, and Families Cope After Mass Violence - Tips for Parents, Educators and Youth Serving Systems/Providers WEBINAR Thursday, June 9 1:00pm ET More information here

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice call for abstracts is now open (due May 15th).  The conference with the theme New Directions for Behavioral Health: Building Socially Connected and Just Communities will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on October 28-30, 2022. Learn more, here. 

The psychiatric mental health nursing specialty and community is saddened by the death of Dr. Shirley Smoyak. Mentored by Hildegard Peplau and an early graduate of Dr Peplau's benchmark psychiatric nursing program at Rutgers University, Shirley was a visionary for psychiatric nurses and nursing exemplified through her teaching, scholarship, and advocacy.
Please click here to read Dr. Smoyak's APNA history interview. 
Please click here to read Dr. Smoyak's obituary.

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!

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!

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!

Join ISPN member Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP-BC, FAAN at the Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis Conference as part of a panel of experts on perinatal mood disorders on June 10 from 3:45pm-6:45pm, online. To learn more about the conference, click here.


Psychiatric Nurse Leader, Dr. Roberta Waite, has been recently appointed as Dean at the newly reconceptualized Georgetown University School of Nursing.

The Zero Suicide Initiative is a program built on the belief that all suicides are preventable through proper care, patient safety, and system-wide efforts. With suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., psychiatric mental health nurses recognize that we must take effective action now to prevent suicide. This program has shown clear decreases in suicide rates through innovative care pathways to assess and diminish suicide risk for patients across care systems. ISPN and all nurses want to end this preventable loss of human life. Join us in support of H.R. 6273.

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the United States surgeon general, warned that youth in America are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic. While the pandemic increased the prevalence of depression and anxiety, mental health issues of youth were already widespread. Rates of depression, emergency room visits, and suicide attempts are discussed among others issues in a 53-page report, Protecting Youth Mental Health, released Tuesday, 12/7/21.
AACN releases innovative teaching tool designed to inspire nurses to practice with moral courage and compassion. ISPN Members Cheryl Woods-Giscombe and Edilma Yearwood both were involved in the development of this tool kit. View the tool kit here.
ISPN President Elect, Ukamka Oruche, has been recognized with Health Care Heros Award by Indianapolis Business Journal! Congratulations Ukamaka! Read the article here
New Podcast Series The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. This 8-part series will explore practical strategies for the nursing profession to advance health equity. These strategies reflect the recommendations from the report The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. New episodes will be released every TuesdayClick here to see the podcasts.
ISPN would like to congratulate all 225 distinguished nurse leaders that will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing 2021 Class of Fellows, especially to the members of ISPN who are being inducted: Cynthia Taylor Handrup, Heeyoung Lee, and Jeffery Louie Ramirez! ISPN sends a big congratulations to the three of you!  
The Biden Administration recently posted the Updating Payment Parameters rules, which reverses some of the Trump Administration's sabotage of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rule extends the enrollment period for Marketplace coverage and expands the role of navigators to help consumers understand and use their coverage. The rule also restores guardrails for 1332 waivers. It is important to create a strong administrative record to support these changes. Please check out and feel free to share the comment portal and social media toolkit below. NHeLP will also have template comments available early next week.  This is a short deadline, with comments due July 28. Thank you for your help submitting comments and getting the word out. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Lav at [email protected]
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides some temporary relief for individuals, families, and communities challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the time ahead will require extensive efforts to move the United States toward healing and justice. Our partners, The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice’s leadership and policy committee have developed a set of recommendations designed to address systemic injustices for the Biden=Harris Administration. The core recommendations are described in this open-access article, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry:

ISPN 2022 Call for Abstracts is open! For more information and to submit yours, click here. Deadline is August 13, 2021

ISPN would like to extend our congratulations to ISPN Members Evelyn Parrish, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, who has been awarded APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year! Congratulations Dr. Parrish!

Read the report: Move Your Mental Health that has been put together by the John W Brick Mental Health Foundation which is based on their review of all published research between 1990 and 2020 reporting on how over twenty different forms of physical activity impact mental health outcomes. 

WHO and UNICEF are launching a complimentary Teacher’s Guide and Comic Book, written in the content of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be used in schools as part of mental health promotion programs to facilitate understanding and discussion of mental health issues. Join a webinar where these materials will be launched on Tuesday, May 18 at 9:00am ET. Click here to register

ISPN wrote a sent a letter regarding the President's Plan for children and adolescents at the US southern border. Read the letter here.

New! Find ISPN on Instagram and LinkedIn! Be sure to follow ISPN on any of our social media platforms!

In a new national study from UC San Diego Health, researchers found that nurses who lose a nursing position or leave the profession because of substance use, mental health issues or chronic pain are at an increased risk for death by suicide. Previously we identified that nurses in the United States have a higher rate of death by suicide than the general population. We now know the sad truth about the reasons for nurses’ increased risk of job-related issues prior to death by suicide.

We write with a heavy heart the passing of an exceptional psychiatric nurse, colleague, and friend, Marlene Nadler-Moodie, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. She was a long time member of ISPN. Read more

The ISPN Foundation Board is looking to fill two Board Member positions. If you are interested in this role or would like to nominate someone, please complete this application: 

March 3 - Webinar Opportunity: Focused on impact of COVID on children's mental health and way forward. ISPN Member, Ukamaka Oruche, is one of the panelists. Registration is free, click here for more information and to register. 

Read the current issue of Connectionshere!

The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference is taking place on June 9-10, 2021. Submit an abstract by January 3 for an opportunity to influence the conference agenda. Find out more at

On November 10, the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network published a new Q&A focused on How COVID-19 Is Changing the Nurse Practitioner Role. Dr. Brayden Kameg from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing describes the changing roles and responsibilities of nurse practitioners (NPs), challenges being faced by NPs in responding to the pandemic, and resources that may help NPs better care for themselves and their patients.

Dr. Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN is one of the recipients of the American Academy of Nursing's COVID-19 Courage Award! Congratulations Dr. Oruche!

Global Alliance is holding a Spotlight Session on September 24 from 12-1pm ET. This is a part of the UN General Assembly Virtual Events. ISPN Member Edilma Yearwood is one of the panelists. For more information:

FREE month long international conference on addiction is happening in October 2020! CEU's are available for a nominal fee. The contents of this conference are pertinent to every level of nursing. Find out more at their website:

ISPN 2021 Call for Abstracts is now open! Click here to find out more about the conference and to submit!

The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, will be holding the Coming Together for Action 2020 conference virtually this year on October 7-9. For more information and to register visit their website!

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) plans to publish a special issue on the topic of Racism, Discrimination, and Health Inequities associated with HIV and Sexual and Gender Minority Health in 2021. We invite authors from around the world to submit feature articles (including original research and systematic reviews), as well as practice briefs, program/policy briefs, and commentaries. Click here for more information. 

Take a look at our ISPN Webinars landing page for several options for webinars (nursing contact hours offered). The next live webinar will be offered in November!

Congratulations to the new AAN Fellows! The ISPN Members to be inducted are: Nicole Letourneau, Pamela Lusk, and Victoria Soltis-Jarrett!

See this article from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) about APN Practice Guidelines. 

On August 25, 2020, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. join Robin DiAngelo, PhD; Özlem Sensoy, PhD; and Cheryl Cooke, PhD, DNP, PMHNP, for a virtual fireside chat to benefit the Lois Price Spratlen Foundation. For more information, click here

The ISPN Peer Support Workgroup has opened up this support to any nurse at this time. Click here for more information.

ISPN Webinar: July 22, 2020 12:00-1:00pm ET "CYP2D6 Polymorphisms and the Challenges of Pharmacogenomics in Clinical Practice" More Information and to register click here. 

Kentucky Nurses Helping Nurses Free Webinar: "Battling Moral Distress and Multiple Disparities during a Pandemic" Friday, June 26 12:30-1:30pm ET. Click here for more information.

Dr. Ukamaka Oruche has been funded through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity for Modification and Evaluation of The DECIDE Intervention To Improve Parent-Provider Interactions In Low-Income Parents of Adolescents With Disruptive Impulse Control, And Conduct Disorders! Congrats Dr. Oruche!

Join in on ISPN's Virtual Conference - Register TodayIf you registered for the conference in San Antonio, your registration will transfer to the virtual conference.

McLean Hospital is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 24, 2020 titled Supporting Child and Teen Mental Health During a Pandemic. Click here for more information. 

ISPN has partnered with the KY chapter of ANA to put together a Kentucky Nurses Helping Nurses Project. To learn more about this program, click here.  If you are interested in volunteering, click here

APA released a statement on COVID-19 and Health Disparities, to read click here.

Join us for a Webinar: Monitoring Psychotropic Medication Effectiveness and Safety: Through Systematic Laboratory Testing on April 22, 2020 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Click for more information

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.

As COVID19 continues to impact families, Ukamaka Oruche offers tips to parents for maintaining the mental & emotional well-being of children with severe behavioral & emotional challenges. Read her Q&A:

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak - read WHO article here

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 International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing holds a unique position. ISPN is focused on mental health nursing and a greater understanding of what that can mean not only from a U.S. but also from an International perspective. ISPN strives to raise awareness of the history and roles of mental health nurses around the world to better understand our part in partnership and leadership in promoting good mental health among diverse populations. 
Many countries that have mental health nursing as a specialty, begin preparation for mental health nursing specialty practice at the undergraduate level with a focus on that chosen specialty as part of the foundational education.
Advanced Practice Nursing at the graduate level is an evolving role. As a result, the historical and philosophical underpinnings as well as the educational and professional perspectives/issues within these countries are uniquely different from those in the U.S.  
The following publication provides insights into the history and current perspectives in mental health nursing in the United Kingdom. ISPN hopes that making this available to you will  provide you with an expanded cultural view and generates ideas about shaping the future of mental health care in a multicultural world of mental health nursing.
Brooker C and White E [2020] Mental Health Nursing: from the outside, looking in. Research Monograph. Cheshire: White Winstanley Ltd; Requests for a PDF copy of the monograph, free of charge, can be sent to

ISPN President’s message to UK Psychiatric mental health nurses on collaboration entitled  Nursing unity can help bridge mental health gap was published  January 3, 2020 in the RCNi Mental Health Practice journal. The focus was “By working together, mental health nurses can be a powerful voice in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife ”.  ISPN members click here to continue. Non-Members –  the publication is available here for access through RCNi subscription or through your interlibrary loan request only.

ISPN Full and Retired Members: Voting is open for the 2020 Election. Cast your vote here (you will be asked to sign in). Voting closes on February 22.   

Deborah Johnson, ISPN President-Elect, is co-directing a new statewide postmasters PMHNP program with Rosalind DeLisser, ISPN member and PI for the program that is funded by California Health Care Foundation.This is the first online PMHNP program offered by UCSF, UCLA and UC Davis. Click here to read more about this program and click here to read the press release. 

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, Call for Abstracts is now open! Deadline for submission is March 1. To submit and learn more ab out the conference visit the Coming Together for Action 2020 website

Former ISPN President, Dr. Sara Horton-Deutsch was elected to Sigma Board of Directors, the international nursing honor society. Congratulations, Sara!

Registration for the 2020 ISPN Annual Conference is now open! Register here

Remember to Follow ISPN and like and/or retweet our content on a regular basis. Facebook: Twitter:

ISPN Foundation Call for Scholarship and Grant Applications is open! The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019! Apply Today!

In Memoriam: Lisa Robinson, July 5, 2019 ISPN's first Living Legend Recipient. Dr. Lisa Robinson was a founding member of ISPCLN, and a friend and mentor to many. She will be greatly missed. It was an honor to be able to name her as our first "Living Legend." If you wish to donate to the ISPN Foundation in Dr. Robinson's memory, you may do so here.

Dr. Ukamaka Oruche has been appointed as Director of Global Affairs, effective October 1, 2019. Serving the IUSON Core School, Dr. Oruche will lead new global educational initiatives for graduate and undergraduate programs and will collaborate with the Associate Dean for Research to develop research and global outreach opportunities.

ISPN's Call for Abstracts has been extended to Friday, September 27, 2019

APA's Meeting for Collaborative Community-Based Mental Health Care: The American Psychiatric Association invites you to New York City this Oct. 3-6 for IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference, a collaborative meeting for all mental health clinicians—including psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, and other community-based mental health clinicians. Discounted registration is available for psychiatric nurses. Learn more at

Did you miss the Clinical Convergence®: Child & Adolescent Bipolar Depression Symposium at the 2019 ISPN Annual Conference? You're in luck - you are still able to gain the knowledge and receive 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM, 1.00 ANCC contact hour(s); 0.20 APRN contact hour(s) by completing the activity below. Click here to start. 

Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing at Case Western Reserve University was awarded the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award for Excellence in Research. She will receive the award at Sigma’s 45th Biennial Convention, 16-20 November 2019 in Washington, DC, USA. 

Rene Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, Past ISPN President, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) at the annual NONPF conference in Atlanta, GA where her two-year term is 2019-2021.

Evelyn Parrish, PhD, APRN-BC, Past ISPN President, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at the annual AANP Conference held in June 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. 

Braden Kameg, DNP, RN, CARN, creator of the 3-part Opioid Webinar series for ISPN membership, received her DNP degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing where she was appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Health and Community Systems department.

Dr. Andrea Kwasky, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Professor at the McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, had her paper “Exploring health economics course competencies’ value for nurse administrators” published in the May/June, 2019 issue of Nursing Outlook.

Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship: Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions offered at Indiana University School of Nursing. For more information, please see the brochure and the announcement.

Member Opportunity: Free Webinar, Free Contact Hours! Webinar 3: Click here for more information and to register.

Watch the live stream webinar for the Annual International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference that is in London this September!

Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing and Director of the PhD Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, will be inducted into Sigma’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame during its 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in July. Nurse researchers who are inducted into Sigma’s Hall of Fame demonstrate significant and sustained national or international recognition with research that improves the profession and the people it serves.

Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, has been awarded the Estelle Osborne Recognition Award from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Read the article here

Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, PMHCNS, RN, FAAN named on the 2018 Honorees for her work in Mental Health, Community Engagement, Health Disparities, and Social Justice from the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice. Click here to read more about this recognition. 

ISPN Foundation has opened the application window for their Awards, Scholarships, and Grants. Take a look here.

Dr. Rene Love and the University of Arizona was awarded more than $1 million grant to help sexual assault victims in rural areas. View her interview here

Dr. Rene Love, was awarded an $821,171 grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration. Click here for more information about this grant.

Kathy Kuehn, ISPN Executive Director since 2013, has notified the ISPN Board of her retirement as of December 31, 2018. 
The Board welcomes Jessica Retzlaff as ISPN Executive Director as of January 1, 2019. Jess has been with The Rees Group, ISPN’s management company, for several years working with volunteers of professional societies. She spearheaded ISPN’s new website and has worked with the ISPN Conference Committee the past two years on the abstracts, annual conference program, and continuing education application. Read more here

ISPN joined other nursing organizations recently and signed on to three letters initiated by the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC). Here is a summary from NCC's Monthly Roundup:

Letter Urging the Passage of Title VIII this Congress
November 15, 2018

Fifty-six NCC member organizations signed onto a letter requesting the Senate pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act this Congress. The letter reiterates that passing Title VIII Reauthorization is the Coalition’s top priority and requests that any new provision be time-limited with a study to assess its impact.

Letter to Appropriators for FY 2019
October 18, 2018

The Nursing Community Coalition sent a letter thanking appropriators for providing level funding ($249.472 million) for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $162.992 million (a 3.16% increase) for the National Institute of Nursing Research. The Coalition remains committed to working with appropriators to see that continued, increased investments are made to support our nation's nursing workforce and research.  

Thank You Letters for Opioid Legislation
October 11, 2018

Forty-seven organizations signed onto a letter thanking Congressional leaders, committees, and champions for their efforts to have Section 3201, Allowing for more flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, in the final opioid package. This important provision provides permanent authorization for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatments (MATs), and a five-year authorization for the other three APRN roles, to help combat the opioid epidemic. 

Seed Global Health is looking for Nurse/Midwife Educators (including those with expertise in mental health) to serve in Uganda, Malawi, or Zambia for one year as faculty in 2019- 2020. Information is available here.

Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, October 4-6, 2018, Coming Together For Action 2018, Early registration ends September 7, find out more about this conference here

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, will receive the Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice from the National League for Nursing at its 2018 Education Summit in Chicago. The award acknowledges individuals and organizations of prominence within nursing education and the wider stage of American health care. See the full News Release here

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.

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.

July 23, 2018- Today, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2017 (H.R. 959). This action shows direct support for the fundamental connection between building the nursing workforce capacity and our nation’s health. Read more 

ISPN joined the Nursing Community Coalition in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary expressing severe distress over the Administration’s current policy of separating children from their parents at our nation’s borders. The letter implores “the Department of Homeland Security, and the overall Administration, to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children. Read the letter here.

ISPN supports inclusion of Section 303, Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, in HR 6Read the letter here.

Do you provide, supervise, or research psychotherapy? Provide feedback in a Needs Assessment survey here

ISPN was one of 24 organizations noted in the UK Health Faculties’ Global Engagement report. The report highlights faculties’ international achievements in nursing, midwifery, and allied health education, and the impact they are having in the UK and partnering countries. Read the full report here

Reminder to subscribe to the new ISPN Listserv "E-List": Make sure you are logged in as this is a member benefit, and then click here to read more.  

You are invited: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is proud to present the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day national event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at The George Washington University's Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre in Washington, DC. View details here 

Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum - Impacting on Health 
Date: October 9-10, 2018
Location: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, 155 College St., Toronto, Canada.
Applications are invited from Canadian, American and international Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who are near completion (i.e. data analysis complete) or have recently completed a PhD in nursing; or who currently hold or have completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past year. Click here to view the full announcement. Application deadline is June 20, 2018.

ISPN Connections January 2018 Issue is now available. Click here to view the issue.

Archives of Psychiatric Nursing is pleased to alert you to the following upcoming special issues that are planned for the journal. View the special issues here.

ISPN signed on to a letter with the Nursing Community Coalition responding to the AMA's call latest strategy that would reverse access to care. Read the letter here

ISPN sent a letter to AMA in response to AMA's Call for Action that would impede non-physician providers, including Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, from practicing to the full extent of their licensure. Read the letter here.

ISPN signed three letters in November in support of legislation addressing addiction treatmenttelehealth, and polycystic ovary syndrome disorder. Read the letters here.

Dr. Ukamaka Oruche, with the Dean of Indiana University School of Nursing Dr. Robin Newhouse, published a podcast on how the IU School of Nursing is helping to address the mental health provider crisis in Indiana. Click here to hear their conversation.

Dr. Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, Past President of ISPN (2011-2013) was awarded a $1.1 million grant. Click here for more information about this grant.

Four Members Inducted as Fellows into AAN

Behavioral Healthcare Integration: Principles and Application - A White Paper & Framework for NursingClick here to view the abstract. 

This month's ISPN Member Spotlight is on Dr. Jane Neese , North Carolina, who is also a member of the ISPN Nominating Committee. Click here to read more

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 signed on in support of S 1106 and HR 1651 The National Nurse Act of 2017Read the letter here (PDF)
For more information, visit (6/8/17)

Reflections on the Manchester Pop Concert Bombing (PDF)

Read ISPN's letters to the House and Senate leadership voicing concerns about proposed budget cuts to mental health care.
ISPN response to House budget (3/20/17)  •  ISPN response to Senate budget (3/20/17)

ISPN sent a letter to Congress joining the ANA's opposition to the recently released American Health Care Act (AHCA) as written.(3/17/17)  Read the letter here.

AMERSA Call for Abstracts due May 19, 2017. For more information, click here.

The ISPN Mentoring Initiative Navigator Program, or IMIN, is a capacity building project started in 2014 and sponsored by the ISPN Membership Committee. IMIN is designed to facilitate leadership succession planning by welcoming new members and first-time conference attendees. They are, in turn, connected with a seasoned ISPN member. The seasoned ISPN member who volunteers to mentor through participation in IMIN shares 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 any way and for any length of time the dyad decides - some have the occasional check in by email while others offer structured telephone clinical supervision. IMIN is a voluntary program for all as well as a pathway to quickly connect new members with the larger organization.
Download complete information here.  Download the IMIN application here (PDF), also available in Word format.

Dec 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) providing clinical care in the Veterans Health Administration. The rule grants three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but does not include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). The VA has provided an additional 30-day comment period on full practice authority for CRNAs.

The Nursing Community Group, of which ISPN is a member, developed and circulated the following letter to the President-elect Transition Team with the signatures of 60 Nursing Organizations. Read more here.

Janssen Global - Early Intervention in Schizophrenia -

Call for applications for the new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program - More info here

National Nurses Week - May 6-12, 2016. The ISPN Board thanks you for your continued involvement and investment in the profession, and your hard work as you continue to make a difference each day in the lives of our consumers, families, and communities.
The history of Nurses Week

Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation , by Gwen D Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch (ISPN past president), won second place in the Professional Issues category of the American Journal of Nursing 2015 Book of the Year Awards. In this second book following their highly regarded book Reflective Practice, the authors focus on reflective learning as a catalyst for transforming traditional organizations and environments, making a strong case that the way organizations incorporate change into their culture or processes ultimately affects sustainability.

ISPN Two-Minute Education Survey
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HHS Peer Reviewer Opportunities
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