Professor Becomes ISPN President-Elect, Journal Associate Editor

APRIL 1, 2015 – The interim chair of the Department of Nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been voted in as president-elect of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).

Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing, will serve in the role for one year before assuming the presidency in 2016. The results of the election were announced at the society’s annual meeting, held last week in Seattle.

“I am deeply honored and humbled,” says Yearwood. “I look forward to working with my colleagues at ISPN to increase the society’s visibility, foster partnerships, and elevate our global presence.”

Associate Editor

Additionally, Yearwood has been selected to serve as one of two associate editors of the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, now the official journal of ISPN and edited by Georgetown BSN alumna Joyce Fitzpatrick (NHS’66, H’90), PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP.

Her invitation letter notes that she was selected due to her prominence in the field and contributions to the society.

“This is a pivotal time for the journal and the society,” says Yearwood, whose editorial responsibility will include child, cultural, and family issues. “I look forward to elevating the expertise of ISPN members and other authors through this peer-reviewed publication.”

Strong Connection

The Georgetown professor has built a strong connection with the society over the years. She was twice recognized with its President’s Award, and last year, she earned the Hendrix Lectureship Award, which included the honor of delivering a lecture at the society’s meeting this year. The title of her talk was, “When Global Becomes Local: Intentionality in Exploring Mental Health and Well-Being.”

Awardees are selected on the basis of the several criteria, including being an articulate speaker, showing evidence of leadership or emerging leadership, recognition of work in the community, and work with underserved populations.

Yearwood has also served a two-year term as division director for the society’s Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses.

‘Many Contributions’

“We are thrilled for Edilma,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies. “This election clearly represents the many contributions she has made to the society itself and the mental health field. On behalf of the school, I extend heartfelt congratulations.”

Among her professional achievements, Yearwood has served on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster and co-edited Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (Wiley-Blackwell, March 2012).

She is a journal reviewer for numerous national and international journals and is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing: Evidence, Practice and Empowerment, a textbook which is expected to appear in fall 2015.

By Bill Cessato