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 presentation outlines 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.
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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.
- 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.
Counselor; Nurse/Nurse Practitioner; Pharmacist; Psychiatrist; Other Physician; Physician Assistant; Psychologist; Social Worker
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hours
Program Start Date: February 19, 2019
Program End Date: February 19, 2020
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 completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. 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 completion date and hours earned.
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 enduring activity 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.
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, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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