RN to APRN-NP roles
Discuss the role differences between an RN and APRN-NP, focusing on the psych NP role as much as possible. What is the PMHNP role in health policy and public awareness of psychiatric mental health trends and issues? How do your PMHNP program and the ANCC PMHNP board certification ensure you are prepared to practice professionally as a PMHNP?
· Title page (APA format)
· Introduction to RN to APRN-NP role transition
· Discuss the differences in nursing roles of RN and APRN-NP.
· Discuss potential differences/challenges regarding ethical issues.
· Discuss role of PMHNP in health policy and public awareness of psychiatric mental health trends and issues.
· Preparation as a PMHNP through education and certification
Include at least four scholarly articles in addition to your textbooks.
Paper must be in APA format including reference page, cover page, in-text citations, and overall paper format.
The Role of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
A Comparison of the RN and APRN-NP Roles
The role of the registered nurse (RN) has evolved over time to include more advanced practice roles, such as the nurse practitioner (NP). NPs are registered nurses with advanced education and training who are qualified to diagnose and treat patients. There are several different types of NPs, including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP). PMHNP are experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
This paper will discuss the role differences between RNs and PMHNP, focusing on the psych NP role. The paper will also discuss the role of PMHNP in health policy and public awareness of psychiatric mental health trends and issues. Finally, the paper will discuss how the author’s PMHNP program and the ANCC PMHNP board certification ensure the author is prepared to practice professionally as a PMHNP.
RN to APRN-NP Role Transition
The transition from RN to APRN-NP can be a challenging one. RNs are typically responsible for providing direct patient care, while APRN-NP are responsible for providing both direct and indirect patient care. APRN-NP also have a greater level of autonomy and responsibility than RNs. This can be a difficult adjustment for some RNs, who may be used to working under the supervision of a physician.
However, the transition from RN to APRN-NP can also be a rewarding one. APRN-NP have the opportunity to make a greater impact on patient care and to use their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of care for their patients.
Differences in Nursing Roles of RN and APRN-NP
The following table summarizes some of the key differences between the roles of RNs and APRN-NP:
Role RN APRN-NP
Education Associate’s degree (ADN) or bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing Master’s degree (MSN) or doctor of nursing practice (DNP) in nursing
Licensure Registered nurse (RN) license Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license
Scope of practice Provide direct patient care under the supervision of a physician Provide direct and indirect patient care, including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, prescribing medications, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
Autonomy Work under the supervision of a physician Have a greater level of autonomy and responsibility than RNs
Potential Differences/Challenges Regarding Ethical Issues
The role of the PMHNP is a complex one that involves a number of ethical considerations. For example, PMHNP must be aware of the ethical implications of providing mental health care to patients who may be involuntarily committed, or who may pose a risk to themselves or others. PMHNP must also be aware of the ethical implications of prescribing medications, and of the potential for medication-related side effects.
Role of PMHNP in Health Policy and Public Awareness of Psychiatric Mental Health Trends and Issues
PMHNP play an important role in health policy and public awareness of psychiatric mental health trends and issues. PMHNP can advocate for policies that promote mental health, and they can educate the public about mental health issues. PMHNP can also conduct research on mental health, and they can develop new treatments for mental health disorders.
Preparation as a PMHNP through Education and Certification
The author’s PMHNP program prepared the author to practice professionally as a PMHNP in a number of ways. The program provided the author with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The program also provided the author with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to provide effective counseling and psychotherapy.
The ANCC PMHNP board certification ensures that the author has met the rigorous standards of knowledge and practice required to be a PMHNP. The board certification process includes a written examination and a practice portfolio review.
The role of the PMHNP is a complex and challenging one, but it is also a rewarding one. PMHNP have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of their patients, and they can play an important role in improving the quality of mental health care.
American Nurses Association. (2021). The registered nurse scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2022). Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner scope and standards of practice. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2023). APRN licensure compact. Chicago, IL: National Council of State Boards of Nursing.