Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is a trained health professional who assists their patients in coping with different psychiatric disorders and illnesses, including mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and depression. Job responsibilities of a PMHNP include evaluating their patients before and during their care to monitor their progress and administer medications as needed. PMHNPs work with patients who require mental health treatment. These nurse practitioners can work with different patient populations, genders, and of all ages.

How to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)?

To become a certified PMHNP, applicants must be a licensed registered nurse (RN). To become an RN, applicants would need either an associate or bachelor’s degree in Nursing then pass the NCLEX‑RN exam. Additionally, PMHNP candidates must earn a graduate degree in nursing. This can be achieved through a masters (MSN) or doctoral (DNP) program. Once these degrees and licenses are achieved, applying to a PMHNP program is possible.

Where do psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) work?

  • Correctional facilities
  • Mental Health facilities
  • Private practices
  • Psychiatric hospitals

Online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)

An online psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is a degree offered fully online to registered nurses (RN) who are looking to increase their experience and advance their career as a PMHNP.

If becoming a PMHNP interests you, learn more about the program offered at Goodwin University.

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