The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses 
           of New Jersey

About Us

The History of The Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of the New Jersey State Nurses Association began in 1968 when 6 Master's Prepared Nurses wanted to begin to see patients privately.  They were all Alumni of Rutgers University who were students of Hildegard Peplau.

After passing an examination and presenting a case reviewed by peers, the first Induction Ceremony took place in 1972 in West Orange.  Ongoing peer supervision was a requirement. Eventually, the American Nurses Association took over the credentialing and titled Master's Prepared Psychiatricnurses as Clinical Specialists.

In 1983, Blue Cross/Blue Shield provided insurance coverage for Clinical Specialists. In 1994, the name changed to Advanced Practice Nurses and prescriptive authority was granted for psychotropic non-controlled substances. In August 2004, controlled substances were added to the list of psychotropics that could be prescribed.

Our Mission: 

to foster excellence in psychiatric advanced practice nursing 

Our Purpose: 

to provide ongoing support to our members 

Our Goals: 

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


Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses
Tel/Fax: (877) 727-6283
SPAPN © All Rights Reserved