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Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioners California State Practice Agreements
A psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is a registered nurse who has obtained a graduate degree in nursing that allows him or her to provide primary mental health care and other primary care services. PMHPNPs coordinate psychological, spiritual, biological, and social elements to offer holistic care for individuals, groups, and families. They offer a variety of mental health care services in the clinical nursing practice such as conducting diagnostic tests for psychiatric disorders, prescribing medications for mental health disorders, and offering psychotherapy services to individuals, families, and groups among others. The paper provides a comprehensive review of the practice guidelines for PMHNPs in California including the collaboration issues and their solutions.
The state nurse practice act governs the practice of PMHNPs and other nursing practitioners in California. The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has enacted laws that require PMHNPs to work under standardized procedures that authorizes such nurse practitioners (NPs) to perform overlapping medical functions. In California, the NPs offer healthcare services in collaboration with a consulting physician (Coffman et al., 2018).