What is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)?

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), and nurse practitioners in other specialties, are trained to competently assess medical symptoms, order laboratory tests, and conduct physical examinations in order to diagnose and treat ailments.

PMHNPs are specialty providers with additional training in psychological and psychiatric treatments, including psychotherapy and medications. PMHNPs collaborate with primary care, specialty, and complimentary healthcare professionals, if authorized by individuals in treatment.

All PMHNPs complete a bachelor's degree in nursing and become Registered Nurses (RN). Most often, nurses practice for several or many years and then pursue master's or doctoral level education in psychiatric nursing. After completing an advanced degree, PMHNPs take a comprehensive national examination to become board certified. Thereafter, PMHNPs are licensed by the state where they practice. All of these steps are legally required in Oregon.

To maintain a license and board certification, PMHNPs pursue a variety of ongoing educational opportunities in fields related to mental health and illness.

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