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Psychiatric mental health nursing is an advanced specialty in which nurses work to assess the mental health needs of individuals, families, or groups. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) earn advanced degrees and practice as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. According to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the role of psychiatric nurse practitioners, to diagnose and treat patients with psychiatric disorders, is critically needed given the rise in demand for mental health services and the growing shortage of psychiatric health professionals. The Need The demand for psychiatric services is going up at the same time that access to care is shrinking. “With projected gaps in the psychiatrist workforce needed to meet demand expected to widen, other professionals will play an increasingly critical role in ensuring great access to psychiatric prescribing,” the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) says. Their presence strengthens the team approach, adds another voice to the multidisciplinary team, and allows more delegation by the psychiatrist to encourage clinicians to practice to the fullest extent of their training and scope, freeing up the psychiatrist for professional endeavors on the clinical team. The Work The role of the psychiatric nurse practitioner includes screening, diagnosing, and providing care for people facing mental health and substance use disorders, and working with primary care physicians and other health care professionals to coordinate care. The PMH nurse makes a diagnosis and collaborates with the patient and the healthcare team to develop a plan of care and evaluates it for effectiveness through follow up. PHMNPs may also determine whether hospitalization or outpatient care is needed or recommend individual or group psychotherapy. The Patients PMHNPs treat a variety of patients, including teenagers and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or children who have been exposed to traumatic events. They may also treat older adults struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia as well as soldiers returning from combat who may struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People confronting anxiety, depression, or suicide or those struggling with opioid, alcohol, or other substance abuse can also be diagnosed and treated by a PMHNP. Psychiatrists are not now, and never will be, the clinicians doing the majority of diagnosis and treatment of mental health and SUDs,” according to the National Council for Behavioral Health. “Primary care providers have historically been the front line for diagnosis and initial treatment of behavioral health conditions.” Support this podcast:

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