ABout Us

Our History


The association was founded in London in August 2003 by a number of Nigerian Registered Psychiatric Nurses in a rather informal gathering. This group later visited Houston, Texas, USA in November 2003 to initiate strategies to liaise with colleagues across the world and develop the Modus operandi to achieve the goals of the association.

Guided by principle of self-determination, they united actively to pursue a positive focus to improve all facets of mental health care services in Africa. Their goal was to positively impact upon mental health of mother Africa with possible effect upon the mental health of Black communities across the globe.

The International Association for Psychiatric Nurses is growing from a handful of professionals into a global organization of over 1500 members.


Our Vision

The International Association for Psychiatric Nurses is a charity organization with the following objects:

  • To be an international resource identifying with Psychiatric care and treatment of the highest standard in the world.
  • To search for new developments and gaining better understanding of mental health continuum.
  • Provide leadership to promote evidence based mental health nursing in global arena.
  • Improve mental health care for socio-economically challenged and culturally diverse groups in the world.

Our Mission Statement and Purpose


International Association for Psychiatric Nurses is a registered association that aims to support quality care service delivery, practice improvements, innovations and capacity development especially in underserved areas. The association shall facilitate networking in order to promote exchange of knowledge and resources, with focus on world-class practices amongst Mental Health Professionals and other Allied Healthcare Professionals all over the world. 


The mission of IAPN as a registered charitable organisation is to be an international resource, identify with quality care and treatment of people with mental health issues across the spectrum, searching for new developments to gain better understanding of mental health continuum.  IAPN provides leadership in relevant mental health training.