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The Role and Opportunities for Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Posted on July 24, 2020   |   by   |   Employers, Healthcare Teams, Job Seekers, Melnic Jobs, Work Environment


The Role and Opportunities for Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Author Jill Gilliland, MBA
Editor Elizabeth Moran, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) are specialized Advanced Practice Nurses. They complete either a masters or doctorate program in nursing with a focus on psych-mental health. Upon graduating, candidates become qualified to sit for the PMHNP exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, (AANP), “PMHNPs serve the public by preventing, identifying and treating psychiatric conditions through holistic approaches in many ways.”  

The Role of the PMHNP

PMHNPs  assess, diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients with mental and behavioral illnesses. They can provide care for people of all ages and work in both inpatient and outpatient environments. For example, some PMHNPs provide outpatient, integrated care within a primary care clinic where they build long standing relationships with patients, whereas others provide more acute care within emergency departments. PMHNPs can also further sub-specialize in specific areas of interest, such as addiction or autism. No matter the setting, PMHNPs are a vital part of the health care team.

Opportunities for PMHNPs

PMHNPs seeking an integrated, primary care setting should consider one such opportunity in Big Sky Montana! The PMHNP in this role will longitudinally follow his or her own panel of patients and work collaboratively alongside other physicians and Advanced Practice Providers to provide quality, holistic patient care. In addition to general psychiatry, the PMHNP in this role will have a particular focus on addiction medicine. Montana has been largely affected by the opioid epidemic and as such, this PMHNP’s expertise in the area of addiction medicine will meet the growing need of the population. 

An Example of the Role of a Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

At Big Sky, the PMHNP will be responsible for developing short and long term treatment goals for patients. She/he will oversee patient care, manage medications, treatment plans, and provide patient education using clinical guidelines. In addition to providing direct patient care, the PMHNP in this role will be expected to collaboratively coordinate care with the behavioral team and primary care physicians. 

Big Sky Montana – A Place to Serve and Thrive

PMHNPs are a vital component of patient care to address community mental health issues and create a positive impact.  This is an incredible opportunity to join and help grow an expanding behavioral health program at Big Sky!

Not only does Big Sky offer the  opportunity for PMHNPs to excel in their careers, it also offers the beautiful outdoors of Montana! . PMHNPs in Big Sky looked forward to summers filled with fishing, hiking, biking, and the incredible beauty of the state. Winter is equally as exciting with excellent skiing, snowshoeing, and adventures in a winter wonderland.  

Melnic Hiring and Job Search Partner

If you are interested in other PMHNP jobs or would like to set up your job alert, visit our website. If you are considering hiring a PMHNP and want to learn more please contact Jill Gilliland, President, Melnic, jill@melnic.com

Also see:

Why We Need More Psych APRNs and PAs

Why APRNs and PAs Should Become Psych-CERTIFIED

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