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Ways to Get Involved

The International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN) invites you to join us for upcoming events, work group sessions or opportunities to learn more about our growing field.

1. Join us for quarterly updates

All are welcome to attend our virtual sessions. We will send a reminder and Zoom link beforehand. Following these planned, open forums, we will also offer breakout sessions, so attendees can interact with people with similar interests and ISPIN members. 

To be put on the reminder list for Quarterly Updates, please contact Lauren Roberts,

  • March 17, 2023, 8:30 am CST
  • June 16, 2023, 8:30 am CST
  • October 20, 2023, 8:30 am CST

Past Meetings:

2. Subscribe to Professional Identity in Nursing e-News

Our bi-monthly newsletter includes member spotlights and stories reflecting the broadening interest in forming and fostering professional identity in nursing. You’ll also see notice of presentations, publications, blogs and podcasts by our colleagues. Email us at to subscribe to our newsletter.

3. Join a work group

This is where the action is! Work groups meet monthly or bi-monthly and actively move the work of professional identity in nursing forward. Join one, or join several—your choice. See list of active work groups with contact information below.

If you would like to join one of these active work groups, please reach out to the contact person listed.

Description: This group will create plans for incorporating a clear sense of Professional Identity in Nursing within the advanced nursing practice and education community.

Contact: Chelsea Hagopian,

Meetings: February 27, then, beginning in March, meetings will alternate third Monday/Tuesday of each month. All meetings will be at 12:00 pm CST.

Zoom Link

Update: The Advanced Level Professional Identity in Nursing met on the 3rd Monday of each month, except June and July for 2022 via Zoom. On average 6-10 members joined the meetings. Monthly, 2-4 people reached out to ISPIN Advisory Board or ALPIN Chair for information about joining. Members are busy in full time practice, education, administration, and research. We have representatives with MSN, DNP, PhD and EdD preparation and all four APRN Practice Roles (NP, CNS, CNM, and CRNA). The diversity helps lead our efforts to represent all advanced level nursing.

Highlights from 2022:

  • January: discussed and created new name to represent our group, after several variations had been used. “Advanced Level Professional Identity Nursing” ALPIN
  • ALPIN Member, Rhoda Owens elected Chair Elect for ISPIN.
  • ALPIN Member Kristi Frisbee co-presented by Deb Liebig for Keith RN “A Crisis in Nursing: What Can Educators Do?”
  • ALPIN Member Kristi Frisbee co-published with Deb Liebig for Keith RN “How Having a Professional identity Can Help Nurses and a Profession in Crisis”
  • DNP LLC Abstract Submitted, Accepted and Podium Presentation at Conference in Tampa, FL, August, ALPIN Members Brenda Douglas and Amy Hite. “Inspiring Doctoral-Prepared Nurse Leaders to Collaborate and Operationalize Professional Identity in Advanced Nursing Practice”
  • Attendance live and virtual for the Professional Identity in Nursing Symposium, September.
  • Attendance at Quarterly ISPIN Orientations
  • AACN Domain 9 Toolkit work, 13 Advanced Level Examples submitted, authors are members of ALPIN.
  • Publication/Writing Group, in process. Co-Leads: Julie Stanik and Gillian Tufts
  • Assure all members are receiving ISPIN Newsletters and sharing with colleagues.
  • Charter: Draft completed by Jeanne Jenkins, awaiting ISPIN Advisory Board direction for working group charters (on pause after Symposium meeting).
  • NONPF Abstract Submitted –Brenda Douglass, Gillian Tufts, Kathy Shaw, and Marilou Shreve
  • Rhoda Owen and Nelda Godfrey publication in American Nurse Journal, “Fostering professional identity in nursing: How to wholly support nurse well-being”
  • ALPIN Chair, Amy Hite, selected to serve on new Consulting/Coaching Committee for AACN.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks Abstract Submitted, Accepted, and Poster Presentation at Conference Nov 11 in Branson, MO “Inspiring Nurse Leaders to Collaborate and Operationalize Professional Identity in Advanced Nursing Practice”
  • Rhoda Owen and Amy Hite will present for Sigma/International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) “Inspiring Doctoral Nurse Educators to Collaborate and Operationalize Professional Identity in Nursing,” Dec 6, 7:00 am (Central) free:
  • Chelsea Hagopian volunteered to serve as Co-Chair for ALPIN in 2023.

Description: This team has successfully formed three sub-teams, and these sub-teams are discussing dissemination activities in their respective areas (broadcasting, community outreach and repository).

Contact: Terri Hinkley (, KaryAnne Weybrew: ( and Matthew Howard: (

Update: We are rescheduling the most recent full dissemination team meeting due to a calendar conflict.

Description: This group is exploring how to make diversity, equity and inclusion a central concept embedded in all professional identity work.

Contact: Janice Brewington (
Update: We are looking at ways to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of the ISPIN work. This group is reviewing the literature on DEI and examining our perspectives and awareness.

Description: This work group is designing learning and reflective activities that span the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. These activities are for entry-level programs, including LPN, ADN, BSN and RN-BSN.

Contact: Susan Luparell (, Jean Yockey (

Update: This group has been very busy creating learning activities to bring professional identity formation to entry-level nursing programs. We have 12 activities that are now going through a peer review process and then will be pilot tested. After that is done, we will determine the best ways to disseminate the activities to the schools. In addition, we provided four activities to AACN for their Essentials Toolkit on Entry Level Nursing Education.

Description: This work group is working to advance the science and integration of Professional Identity in Nursing across global contexts.

Contact: Kristen Priddy (

Update: The global engagement group has active members across the US, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Members of the group are currently designing research to build knowledge on Professional Identity in Nursing in different contexts. The Professional Identity in Nursing in Africa (PINA) study will compare the perceptions of graduating nursing students across 8 African countries and US. The PINA study has received ethics approval at the primary university; co-investigators are currently applying for ethics approval at their data collection sites. Group members in the UK and US are seeking partners across the globe for another study to explore perceptions of nursing identity. Members from all regions are welcomed, and we particularly seek representation from South America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Description: We contend that a well-developed individual and collective professional identity in nursing contributes to a healthy work environment and in turn a healthy work environment fosters ongoing professional identity formation so that all can flourish.

Contact: Lynne M Kuhl (, Terri Hinkley ( and Deb Liebig (

Update: In March, a poster will be presented at SIGMA: Creating Health Work Environments Conference, “Professional Identity in Nursing and the Work Environment: An Interdependent Relationship.” Our continued work is to explore next steps, which include ongoing inquiry and research, gathering related evidence and identifying tools for use in practice to support Professional Identity in Nursing within the work environment. 

Description: This work group supports the scientific development of an initial professional identity in nursing instrument.

Contact: Nelda Godfrey (

Update: The group is imagining possibilities for measurements for the new knowledge about professional identity in nursing gained via quantitative analysis.

Description: This work group continues to meet monthly by Zoom. We have developed goals and objectives for the 2021-2022 year to guide us in propelling the science of professional identity through thought, dialogue and discovery.

Contact: Rhoda Owens (

Update: Members are participating in the planning of our 2022 Symposium and promoting attendance at this event. We encourage collaboration on research and projects related to professional identity in nursing. We have increased our efforts on promoting research that fills gaps in the professional identity in nursing research.

Description: Our group’s purpose is to align the society’s expectations with nurses' perceptions of themselves by defining influential factors and recommendations that intersect professional identity in nursing and brand image for “nurse as leader.” 

Contact: Lindell Joseph (

Update: We are currently drafting a position statement, communication aim and elevator pitch for “nurse as leader” to solicit public comment.  

Description: This group reflects a partnership between ISPIN and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).

Contact: Deb Liebig (

Update: This work group continues to present on hot topics facing both faculty and students, while connecting to the principles of professional identity. As COVID-19 has continued to impact both faculty and students, NSNA held their first Faculty Forum in November titled, “The Ethical Challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” featuring Professor Jeffrey Blustein, and a response discussion panel. Later that month, a second Faculty Forum focused on discrimination in nursing education and practice during the presentation titled, “Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implications,” featuring Dr. Torino. During a planning session in December, NSNA shared their Leadership University Honor Society website to recognize students participating in leadership activities and their connection to professional identity formation. Check out the website. In January, the Faculty Forum presented “New Grad Transition to Practice: What Faculty need to Know and Do,” which focused on the work of NCSBN and the NSNA New Graduate Survey. Next up for this group is the annual NSNA Convention in April, where the inaugural NSNA Leadership University Honor Society Class of 2022 will be recognized. 

KU School of Nursing

University of Kansas Medical Center
Professional Identity in Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160