News & Events

Welcome to the News section where we will keep you up-to-date on the ISPN news and events.

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

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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