- The idea that mental health is just as vital as physical health is becoming increasingly popular. As the stigma associated with mental illness fades, an increasing number of people may seek psychiatric and mental health care, which could be offered by a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
- Individuals, families, groups, and communities are all served by a PMHNP. PMHNPs work with each client through a multi-stage process that includes assessing mental health needs, formulating a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implementing the nursing approach, and reviewing its efficacy.
pmhnp – Resposibilities
- PMHNPs diagnose, treat, and enhance the outcomes of patients with psychiatric or mental health issues by combining nursing, psychosocial, and neurobiological expertise and approaches.
- PMHNPs have a wide range of responsibilities that contribute to the development of therapeutic relationships with their clients on a daily basis. Daily techniques and methodologies may differ depending on a PMHNP’s specialty and desired client base. However, a PMHNP’s scope of practice typically includes patient assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment, and evaluation, which can last months or even years depending on the client.
- PMHNPs not only provide tailored care to their patients, but they also collaborate with their patients’ families, engage their colleagues in discourse and research, and actively educate communities to reduce stigma around mental health and obtain mental health services.
Certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC)
The ANCC offers only one certification for PMHNPs to pursue. The PMHNP accreditation granted by the ANCC is in line with the APRN Consensus Model. Nurses are given the certificate after satisfying the eligibility conditions and passing the competency assessment.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (PMHNP-BC)
Requirements for Eligibility:
- Master’s degree or higher from a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program with at least 500 clinical hours accredited by the CCNE or the American Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN
- Active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or legally recognized equivalent Master’s degree or higher from a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program with at least 500 clinical hours accredited by the CCNE or the American Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN
- Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology are three graduate-level courses.
- Health promotion and/or maintenance, as well as differential diagnosis and disease management, are all covered.
- Clinical experience with at least two psychotherapy modalities is required.
- Passing a competency-based test