The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse whose clinical practice focuses on individuals, families or populations across the lifespan at risk for developing mental problems or having a psychiatric diagnoses.
The psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner clinical track prepares students with advanced health assessment skills, psychiatric assessment and diagnostic skills, advanced clinical management of psychiatric disorders, including utilization of psychotropic medication prescribing and management, individual, family and group therapy modalities. This track also provides educational preparation for the advanced practice nurse to assume leadership roles, act as an advocate for individual clients and societal needs surrounding mental health (such as parity). Clinical settings are arranged for students and occur across a wide variety of locales including rural, community and urban settings.
The University of Florida College of Nursing offers both a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in psychiatric nursing and a post masters certificate. Graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to advance practice nursing tracks are advised that you may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and if you are unable to do so, your progress in the curriculum will be delayed.