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Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-APRNs): Evolving Roles

Activity Type:

  • Webinar

Release Date: 2/1/2019

Expiration Date: 3/19/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • CNE: 1
  • Participation: 1


Event Details

The live presentation will take place on February 19, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm ET.

Advance registration is encouraged. Registrants will receive an event reminder by email one day prior to the webinar.


As active members of the psychiatric care team, the role, expertise, and education of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) is commonly misunderstood. The role of Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-APRNs) has been in development since the 1950s. Because of the multiple APRN roles and regulatory consensus model of 2008, there is much confusion among other practice disciplines, patients, and the public about the role of both types of PMH-APRNs, including the Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS) and the PMHNP.  Unlike many of the other APRN populations, PMH-APRNs work across many acute and primary care practice settings.

This webinar seeks to outline the historical evolution of PMH-APRN roles, including the implications of the LACE APRN consensus model.  Additionally, education and trends in PMH-APRN workforce will be examined over time to clarify the role of PMH-APRNs.


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history of Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ (PMH-APRNs) role development.
  • Distinguish among the various roles of PMH-APRNs.
  • Discuss trends in PMH-APRN workforce and the settings in which PMH-APRNs function.

Target Audience

Counselor; Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist; Psychiatrist; Other Physician; Physician Assistant; Psychologist; Social Worker; Peer Specialist/Peer Support; Consumers/Family

Instructional Level

Introductory; Intermediate

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours 
Program Start Date: February 19, 2019 | 3:00pm ET
Program End Date: February 19, 2019 | 4:00pm ET

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ANCC Contact Hours, or a certificate of participation may do so by attending the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CNE certificate (nursing), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN. Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Hardware/Software Requirements

We recommend that prior to the webinar, you check system requirements to ensure your device is compatible and rule out connectivity issuess.

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This website requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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