The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses, founded in 1972, was the first professional nursing body in the country to certify clinical nurse specialists in psychiatric nursing. Today, the Society includes all psychiatric advanced practice nurses, both psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in advanced practice nursing. The Society continues to advocate and lobby for psychiatric advanced practice nurses in practicing to the fullest scope of their training and education, upholding the standards of excellence for psychiatric mental-health nursing and to promote the delivery of high quality professional care to clients, their families and the community.
To foster excellence in psychiatric advanced practice nursing
To provide ongoing support to our members
To advocate high quality professional care to clients, their families and the community by:
Promoting professional development through continuing education, networking, award recognition
Providing member support through peer supervision and mentoring
Enhancing communication and professional collaboration among healthcare providers.
Educating consumers regarding issues of mental health.
Monitoring trends and needs in mental healthcare and influencing public policy