What is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing various mental issues which affect emotion, cognition, and behavior. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) specialize in psychiatry and have had additional continuing education and training in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Just like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, provide mental health services to individuals, families, and communities. However, a PMHNP is uniquely prepared to provide holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gap between physical and mental health care.
Morgan Mental Health currently has career openings for licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). If you are an psychiatrist looking for a place to practice in Southwestern Idaho, in the Treasure Valley near Boise, Idaho, please email us a resume and cover letter including:
- What kind of work you do and why you love it.
- Your ideal patient – who you love to work with and why.
- Examples of how you plan to (or already do) attract your ideal patient.
- Your ideal schedule – what days/times are you interested in seeing patients.
- Your current and future business goals.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP’s) can diagnose and treat all psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral disorders, including bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. PMHNP’s can work autonomously and can do the same things in appointments with patients as psychiatrists, including:
- Evaluate and diagnose patients
- Conduct regular therapy appointments with patients, families, and groups
- Order diagnostic testing
- Prescribe medications
- Make referrals
- Monitor treatment outcomes
- Monitor a patient’s overall wellbeing
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP’s) diagnose and treat common psychiatric disorders for patients across the lifespan. In addition to general functions performed by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, the PMHNP may provide these specific functions:
- Diagnose and treat common acute psychiatric problems, illness, and crises
- Psychopharmacologic management in collaboration with psychiatrist
- Provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy
- Care for and counsel clients with common identified chronic psychiatric conditions
- Coordinate and integrate multidisciplinary services for clients with complex psychiatric problems
- Monitor common health care problems and refer for specialized medical treatment as needed
- Provide comprehensive family psychiatric-mental health education
- Work with clients and their families in anticipation of developmental milestones, life cycle events
- Perform or recommend age-appropriate screening procedures
- Promote wellness oriented self-care
- Advocate for family psychiatric-mental health clients and their families