Barbara Warren, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Let me tell you a little bit about what we as PMHNP’s do. It’s a specialized area of practice that deals with mental health wellness and illness care for persons across the lifespan. In fact this year, the word is we’re the trusted agents of change. So I’ve been in a variety of areas. Acute care, hospital care, primary care, Ohio youth services, the department of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. I’ve been a consultation nurse, I’ve been the execute nurse for the Ohio department of mental health and now I’m an academician, researcher, educator and I even have a private practice in which I see patients. I think I mentioned before but we really are dealing with people across the lifespan, that means children and adolescents and all ages of adults. So where are these jobs? Let me tell you, they are everywhere. Hospitals, community settings, primary care schools, businesses, you’ll never want for a career position. You may want to do some additional specialized training after you graduate. You may want more in depth education in various therapies, psychopharmacology cultural issues. The EMDR are the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing approach. Group and family work, and hey, don’t forget about earning that PHD or DNP. So let me tell you where you can get some of this additional education. Institutes across the country, The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has a clinical psychopharmacology institute in the summer and an annual conference every year. Of course colleges and universities, our own will give you a lot of additional information.

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