The Role and Scope of Practice of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

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Introduction – identifying the role and job description setting of the PMHNP The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), role and job description is providing primary mental health care services, to those with mental health problems, or psychiatric disorders. The PMHNP is required to assess, diagnose, provide treatment plans, prescribe medication therapy, and offer counsel across the lifespan. The PMHNP provides care in a wide range of settings to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and their families. This mental healthcare takes place in the primary care settings, emergency rooms, hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, senior living communities and in private practices. Being culturally competent to care …show more content…
There are other requirements with regards to conviction record guidelines for those with a criminal record. Applicants need an electronic fingerprinting that is submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). If a person has a felony or health care fraud, issues after July 1, 2012, they can be refused for nurse practitioner licensing (Florida Board of Nursing, 2014). Florida requires the nurse practitioner to collaborate with a physician for prescription authority. Florida is only one of two states that will not authorize NPs to write prescriptions for controlled substances. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) has established 38 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner competencies that portrays to the role and domain of practice. The PMHNP is expected to treat in a broad range of settings. Including; continuous comprehensive care, “promotion of optimal mental health, prevention, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and health maintenance” (NONPF, 2013, p. 63). The PMHNP role is also inclusive of a history and physical, ordering laboratory studies to rule out medical conditions. Providing the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE), drug and alcohol screening, depression and anxiety tools to assess levels of illness are part of the PMHNP roles and domains of practice. Assessing patients for suicidal ideations or
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