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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 on April 15, July 15 and October 21, 2022. Each update will be from 10-11 a.m. EST, and 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 from 11-11:30 EST.

To join a session, please click on the link below:

April 15, 2022

July 15, 2022

October 21, 2022 


If you are unable to attend the live update, they will be recorded and posted for later viewing. 

If you would like to register in advance, please email Lauren Roberts, lroberts6@kumc.edu, and we will send you meeting reminders.


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 GoInnovate@kumc.edu 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: Amy Hite (ahite@pittstate.edu)

Meetings: Third Monday of each month at 12 p.m. CST

Zoom Linkhttps://pittstate.zoom.us/j/95824711189

Update: We created 13 examples for AACN Core Competencies: Domain 9 advanced level toolkit. Thanks to Rhoda Owens for leading that group. We are working on several publications, related to the current state of Professional Identity in Advanced Practice. Thanks to Julie Stanik-Hutt for leading this effort.

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 (terri.hinkley@amsn.org) and KaryAnne Weybrew (kary@americancareercollege.edu)

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 (jbrewington@nln.org)
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 (luparell@montana.edu)

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: 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 (lmkuhl@viterbo.edu), Terri Hinkley (terri.hinkley@amsn.org) and Deb Liebig (dlliebig@cmh.edu)

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 (ngodfrey@kumc.com)

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 (rhoda.owens@und.edu)

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 (maria-joseph@uiowa.edu)

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 (dlliebig@cmh.edu)

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. 

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