Title

National Survey of Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing: Development, Process, and Finding

Publication Title

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Publication Date

4-2009

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/1078390309333544

Keywords

adolescents/adolescence, certification, staff issues, relationships, roles

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Abstract

A survey was sent to all Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who had a registered e-mail address with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, resulting in 1,899 usable surveys. The practice of two groups of APRNs was examined and contrasted: those certified to treat children and adolescents and PMH-APRNs certified only to treat adults. Our findings raise concerns about the numbers of PMH-APRNs treating children. Considering the national demand for mental health professionals prepared to treat children, the specialty must move to increase the number of qualified APRN child providers.