The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMH) is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses in the assessment and treatment of mentally ill patients over the lifespan.
The underlying assumption is that the psychiatric nurse practitioner is a therapist first, providing holistic care and conducting psychiatric assessments to create a treatment plan that they may include medications but also use a variety of other common, effective therapeutic modalities.
While being exposed to theoretical content, across the lifespan, students are encouraged to select clinical specialization with children, adolescents, adults, or elderly patients and families. Theory and supervised clinical experience form the foundation for practice with individuals, groups, and families. The program draws on psychodynamic, developmental, neurobiological, and family systems theoretical models. Attention is given to issues of ethnicity, gender, race, and culture.
The program is sensitive and responsive to the complex and diverse needs of a growing population of children, adolescents, adults and elderly in acute, chronic and community settings. Emphasis is placed on the comprehensive assessment of patients and families and the provision of treatment including crisis intervention, medication management, psychotherapy, education, and referral.
Graduates of the program practice in varied and diverse settings including acute care settings, community mental health centers, day treatment programs, substance abuse programs, shelters for women and children, liaison settings, and private practice. Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond and are arranged with students according to their learning needs.
Graduates are eligible to take the certifying exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and are eligible for licensure in New York State as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
The Program Director for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty is Laura Kelly, PhD, RN, APN-C.