The BSN to DNP Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses (RNs) who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.
Graduates of the program are equipped to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families in a primary care facility, outpatient mental health clinic, psychiatric emergency services, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, private practice, or in a hospital or community health center.
PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients; treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff. The PMHNP has a focus on psychiatric diagnosis, including the differential diagnosis of medical disorders with psychiatric symptoms, and on medication treatment for psychiatric disorders.
During the first two years of the DNP/PMHNP program, students complete coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), preparation that uniquely qualifies them develop the PMHNP skillset within the context of the integrated health micro-system.
- Combine knowledge in nursing, ethics, and the medical sciences to develop and evaluate practices and models of patient-care delivery
- Develop and evaluate effective strategies for managing ethical dilemmas present across the health care, technology, and research fields
- Use analytic methods to design, implement, and evaluate best-practice models for patient care and care delivery
- Effectively develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to advance the field and systems of health care delivery
- Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and international health policy
- Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care
- Advance the effective use of health care information systems to ensure high-quality outcomes
- Effectively lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
- Effectively communicate and collaborate with health care teams in developing and implementing organizational and practice models, health policy, and standards of care
- Analyze and synthesize various data related to patient health information
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of health in complex situations, incorporating diverse approaches to design, implement, and evaluate interventions
- Analyze the relationship among practical, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues to educate individuals and colleagues effectively
- Develop relationships and partnerships with patients and other professionals to facilitate optimal patient care outcome
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For more information about the program, please contact Susana Torres in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (San Francisco main campus) at (415) 422-2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates meet the outcome competencies and practice standards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In the program, students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, complete the DNP qualifying examination, and complete an evidence-based practice project (which replaces the dissertation). The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.