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International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Foundation

A legacy for future advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing

Click here for all scholarship, award and grant information for 2018. (Applications will be accepted from 9/1/17 through 11/15/17)

The Purpose of the Foundation

  1. To establish a trust, the income of which is used to support and encourage the activities and purposes of the ISPN for charitable, literary, clinical, research, and educational endeavors.
  2. To receive and maintain funds and, as appropriate, expend the income in support of and in furtherance of the purposes of ISPN
  3. To promote psychiatric-mental health nursing and the professional expertise of psychiatric-mental health nurses
  4. To enhance opportunities for communication among psychiatric-mental health nurses and with the clients/persons they serve who experience mental health challenges

The Goals of the Foundation

  • Foster and enhance research and scholarship
  • Promote relevant educational preparation for the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Develop partnerships that strengthen the delivery of mental health care around the globe
  • Support student and international members' attendance at annual conferences

About Us
The Foundation members are the collective ISPN Nurses.  Board of Director members manage the business affairs and fulfill the purpose and goals of the Foundation.  Each member of the Board is a current member of ISPN in good standing.  The Board of Directors is composed of no less than three or no more than seven members, elected by the ISPN Foundation Board.  The ISPN treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board but without voting rights.  Currently there is a Board of Director President, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary, and four additional members.  Members of the Board are appointed to serve for a three year term and may be reappointed for a second three year term.  Board meetings are held on a regular basis throughout the year usually via teleconference calls.  A face-to-face meeting of Board of Director members is conducted during the annual conference where ISPN members are invited to attend. (as presented in the ISPN Foundation Bylaws)

ISPN was launched in 1998.  When it became an organization by combining three organizations (ACAPN, ISPCLN & SERPN) one organization already had a foundation.  The Board of Directors for ISPN determined that ISPN needed its own foundation, providing a place for the foundation already in existence--The Robert O. Gilbert Foundation of ACAPN.

In 2001, ISPN President, Dr. Linda Finke charged ACAPN Division Director, Dr. Beth Bonham, and SERPN Division Director, Dr. Lorna Mill Barrell, with developing bylaws for the Foundation.

When this task was completed, the ISPN Foundation was established in 2002 as a trust to support the mission of ISPN.  Dr. Finke and the ISPN Board appointed the first Board of Director members for the Foundation:  Dr. Jeanne Clement (SERPN), Dr. Judith Coucouvanis (ACAPN), Ann Robinette, CNS, RN-BC (ISPCLN), and Dr. Elizabeth Bonham, PhD, APRN-BC (ISPN founding member).

Activities and Events

  • ISPN Foundation Event
  • Sponsor a fund-raising event at ISPN's annual conference (Silent Auction)
  • Encourage donations from ISPN members and others via conference applications, membership and membership renewal applications, e-blasts, mailings of letters and a brochure, etc.
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for pharmaceutical companies that research and develop psychotropic medications
  • Solicit funds for ISPN via networking and a letter-campaign for other businesses and organizations that want to promote and support mental health and psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Develop and sell fundraising products, such as Foundation t-shirts
  • Present Research Grant(s) from donations to ISPN
  • Present Education Grant(s) to advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing students
  • Present Scholarships to students to attend ISPN conferences

Current Updates with Past ISPN Foundation Events and Recipients

 Conference Events


2016 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Marriott City Center, April 14, 2016, Minneapolis, MN


2015 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Blueacre Seafood Restaurant, Seattle, WA


2014 - Reception, Auction and Fundraising at the Hyatt Regency Greenville


2012 - Reception and Auction at the Jimmy Carter Museum


2011 - Dinner and Silent and Live Auction on March 31, 2011 in Tucson, AZ


2010 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 15, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri


2009 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt, April 2, 2009, Greenville, South Carolina


2008 - Dinner and Dancing on the Spirit of Jefferson Steamboat, Louisville, Kentucky


2007 - Dinner and Silent Auction at the Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


2006 - Dinner and Raffle at Mattie's House of Mirrors in Denver, Colorado





  Scholarships, Awards and Grants for 2018  (Applications will be accepted from 9/1/17 through 11/15/17)



Annual Conference Travel Scholarships offered for all members including international members and students $750 each!
  For Members
  For Students



One Research grant for $1,500: Mental Health and Wellness Research Project or Clinical Inquiry Project Grant
  Mental Health and Wellness Research Award



One Research grant for $3,000: ISPN Foundation Joyce Fitzpatrick Psychiatric Nursing Research Grant
  ISPN Foundation Psychiatric Nursing Research Grant





2017 Award Winners

ISPN Foundation Joyce Fitzpatrick Psychiatric Nursing Research Grant
 * Sara Jones

Mental Health and Wellness Grant
 * Allison McCord

ISPN Foundation Student Travel Scholarship
 * Jeehae Chung

ISPN Foundation Student Travel Scholarship
 * Sumuttana Kaewma

ISPN Foundation Student Travel Scholarship
 * Denise Matel-Anderson

ISPN Foundation Student Travel Scholarship
 * Melissa Waybrant-Ennis




2016 Award Winners

ISPN Foundation Research Grant
Kayla Herbell, BSN, RN

I would like to sincerely thank the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Foundation for awarding me the 2016 ISPN Foundation Research Grant. This award has afforded me an excellent opportunity to operationalize my ideas and to conduct preliminary work that could be foundational for the rest of my career.

I am currently a third year nursing PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. The purpose of my descriptive, correlational study is to determine relationships among contextual factors (i.e. social support), perceived stress, resourcefulness and depressive symptoms in a sample of pregnant women. This research grant has supported the previously described research and will inform my future work including my dissertation and postdoctoral research. In the near future, I plan to present this work at the ISPN conference and also submit for publication.

Again, I would like to thank the ISPN Foundation for this award. It has been a great honor and tremendously helpful in beginning my research trajectory.
Kayla Herbell, BSN, RN

Mental Health and Wellness Grant
Chieh (Sunny) Cheng, MSN, RN

Dear Donors of the ISPN Mental Health and Wellness Research Grant, I am writing to thank you for your generous support. I, as a registered nurse in a psychiatry ward, have witnessed the challenges of mental illness and thus made it my life's goal to combat it. Now I am a Ph.D candidate in nursing science and my focus is on early identification of Schizophrenia. The goal of my career is to promote the well being of young patients through early prevention and intervention. This grant has helped me to be closer to my goal in finishing data collection for my dissertation research. Twenty-five patients who are living with schizophrenia in the last 5 years since initial treatment or being diagnosed participated in this study. I gather detailed narratives related to their experiences during prodromal stage by doing individual indepth interviews. Currently, I am using Grounded Theory method to analyze the transcripts in order to explore themes pertaining to the prodromal stage. The purpose of the study is to develop a substantive theory with the potential to describe the prodromal process including patients' symptoms, thoughts, feelings and coping strategies. This study will provide preliminary information to guide clinical practice and future research in early identification of mental illness area. Thanks to the grant, I can continue to engage in the research activities. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. Thank you.
Chieh (Sunny) Cheng , MSN, RN
PhD Candidate in Nursing Science
University of Washington

2016 Conference Student Travel Scholarship
Kayla Herbell, BSN, RN

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ISPN Foundation for their support of the ISPN Foundation Student Travel Scholarship. As one of the recipients, I am grateful for this award because it allowed me to attend the 2016 conference. At the conference, I was able to present my own work and attend multiple presentations of researchers that I admire in the field.

I am currently a third year PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. I am passionate about determining maternal mental health factors that greatly influence the fetal environment and even years beyond in childhood. My aim is to develop preventative interventions that promote mental health for the maternal child dyad. This interest was fostered in my clinical work at a pediatric psychiatric residential treatment facility.

I am early in my career, and still have much to learn. However, attending the 2016 conference allowed me to collaborate and network with other psychiatric mental health researchers, which has been instrumental to my learning process. Again, I would like to thank the ISPN Foundation for their generosity.
Kayla Herbell, BSN, RN

2016 Conference Student Travel Scholarship
Adam Searby

The ISPN Foundation Student Travel Award allowed me to attend what I consider to be a great event, the ISPN conference in Minneapolis. I attended my first ISPN conference the year before in Seattle, and found both members of ISPN and conference attendees to be supportive and welcoming. In fact, it was possibly the warmest welcome I have received at a professional event, and Minneapolis was no different. Perhaps it may be my accent, which I managed to bring with me on the long flight from Melbourne, Australia!

The Foundation award certainly eased the financial burden of travelling from Australia to attend the conference, which is a great place to share research and learn about systems of mental health care in the United States. I have also made great professional connections and again had a great time at the Foundation event. My partner still feels she has 'unfinished business' after narrowly being outbid for the handblown glassware in Seattle, so is always eager to fire bids at Peggy in an attempt to defeat all challengers in her quest to financially support the activities of the Foundation. This year was no exception.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have travelled to two amazing cities and attend two ISPN conferences. The support of the ISPN Foundation was pivotal in making this happen, and has allowed me to share my research into older adults with dual diagnosis in a global sense. I look forward to being able to attend many more ISPN conferences in the future.
Adam Searby

2016 Conference Member Travel Scholarship
Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PHHCNS-BC

As a nurse educator and clinician, the annual conference is a great way to remain well informed about the relevant changes in psychiatric/mental health nursing on a global scale. The 2016 ISPN Foundation's Member Travel Award made it possible for me to attend the annual conference in Minnesota and present on the topic of advanced practice nursing students' use of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in the clinical setting.

In addition, I was able to receive the 2016 Excellence in Education award in-person and celebrate with the 2016 Living Legend award recipient, Dr. Claire Draucker, a longtime friend and colleague. I also served as a first-time judge for the poster presentations. This was a great opportunity to network with colleagues and learn about their research and scholarship activities.

An added bonus was the Foundation's reception. I had fun with old and new friends and brainstormed with a fellow tobacco researcher about an upcoming collaborative project. The ISPN Foundation's Member Travel Award is a fabulous opportunity to fully engage in the conference without the added stress of worrying about the expense of traveling.
Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC






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