A Georgetown University nursing professor has been elected to a leadership role with the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.
Edilma L. Yearwood, RN, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies in Washington, D.C., will serve a two-year term as division director for the societys Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses.
“At this time of global interconnection, we face unprecedented societal violence, stigma against mentally vulnerable individuals, uncertainty and scarce resources,” Yearwood said in a news release. “Given this context, I plan to push the mental health needs of youth to the forefront.”
Last year, Yearwood won the societys Presidents Award for her service to the organization and the field of mental health and psychiatric nursing.
“Edilma is an inspiration to all of us poised, yet ready to take action when needed,” ISPN President Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FMHNP-BC, said in the release. “She is a true leader in her field, and we should all feel honored to have her as a colleague.”
With her election to this leadership role, Yearwood also will serve as a member of the governing board of ISPN.
According to the release, she plans to promote child and adolescent mental health policy, practice and research with multiple constituencies; foster public awareness of critical issues impacting this population; and advocate for the advanced practice role of this nursing specialty.
“I will work to develop partnerships with other groups interested in advocating for vulnerable at-risk youth and increasing the visibility of the organization as a resource for youth,” Yearwood said in the release.
Focus areas, she said in the release, include participating in written and public forum venues to provide education about key mental health needs of youth and outreach to the United Nations, World Health Organization and other policymakers to help increase awareness.