University of Southern Indiana

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced clinician who has achieved a Master of Science in Nursing and provides psychiatric/mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. The role includes diagnosis, provision of therapies, and medication management for individuals with psychiatric/mental health problems. Health promotion, disease prevention, and management of mental health symptoms along with family consultation and education are included in the role. The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practices in various clinical settings including acute care and chronic care hospitals, community agencies, long term care facilities, home care, and outpatient offices. There are a total of 44 credit hours in the specialty with 655 clinical hours. A graduate of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty is prepared to:

    • Provide expert outcome-oriented nursing therapeutics for patients with mental health problems to promote improved health and enhanced quality of life.
    • Manage, integrate and coordinate patient care services across the mental health care continuum.
    • Develop and provide patient and staff educational services to promote positive patient health care outcomes.
    • Consult and collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary health care team to support delivery of quality patient care.
    • Incorporate best practice evidence to investigate, promote, and evaluate nursing therapies and pharmacotherapy that support evidence for positive patient care outcomes.
    • Advocate for patients and families to provide cost-effective, culturally competent, ethical, quality care in a variety of health care settings.
    • Model responsibility for continued professional development, integrity, accountability, competence, and credentialing as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

 3 Year/Full Time Plan of Study Sample             4 Year/Part Time Plan of Study Sample

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Curriculum Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  
Core Courses  
N601 Roles for Advanced Nursing Practice 1 credit hours
N602 Evidenced Based Practice for Advanced Nursing 4 credit hours
N603 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
N604 Population Based Care and Health Policy 3 credit hours
N605 Healthcare Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
N606 Nursing Leadership in Health Systems 4 credit hours
  Total Core Hours 18 credit hours
   
Clinical Core Courses  
N617 Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
N618 Advanced Health Assessment 3 credit hours
N622 Clinical Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
  Total Clinical Hours 9 credit hours
   
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses  
N661 Psychopharmacology 2 credit hours
N662 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families I 5 credit hours
N663 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families II 5 credit hours
N664 Psychiatric/Mental Health Care of Families III 5 credit hours
  Total Specialty Hours 17 credit hours
  Total Program Hours 44 credit hours

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