Nurse Practitioners specializing in mental health care:
With psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nursing skills, our nurse practitioners can independently manage the mental health care needs of our patients by functioning as psychotherapists and case managers in a variety of public, private, community, inpatient, and collaborative practice settings, and as consultants for hospitals and community organizations. An emphasis on the interaction and integration of common mental and physical health problems gives the nurse practitioner an evidence-based framework for comprehensive mental health care. They are able to prescribe medications and develop treatment plans.
What do psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHN) do?
The clinical practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing occurs at two levels, basic and advanced. At the basic level, registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups and communities, assessing mental health needs, and developing a nursing diagnosis and a plan of nursing care, implementing the plan and finally evaluating the nursing care.
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) earn master’s degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing and assume the role of either Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. Psychiatric-mental health nursing (PMHN) is considered a “specialty” in nursing. In addition to the functions performed at the basic level, APRN’s assess, diagnose, and treat individuals or families with psychiatric problems/disorders or the potential for such disorders. APRN also earn doctoral degrees (PhD, DNSc, and EdD) and they are often professors, researchers or hospital, agency or graduate program administrators.