POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho State College’s Faculty of Nursing is seeing elevated enrollment in its Psychiatric Psychological Well being Nurse Practitioner program, serving to alleviate a scarcity of psychological well being professionals within the state.
Your complete state of Idaho is designated as a psychological well being care supplier scarcity space. Sometimes, the Psychiatric Psychological Well being Nurse Practitioner Physician of Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program admits six or seven college students every year, however this 12 months this system admitted 15 college students, together with 11 Idaho residents, into this system.
“Together with the truth that nearly all of our graduates keep in Idaho to observe, the rise in enrollment brings about improved entry to take care of the residents of Idaho,” mentioned Dr. Susan Tavernier, director of graduate research in nursing at ISU. “PMHNPs assess, diagnose and deal with psychological well being issues throughout the lifespan.”
This system, additionally acknowledged for its one hundred pc go charge on the licensure certification examination, will even be admitting the inaugural cohort of Household Nurse Practitioners right into a certificates program for PMHNP specialization.
PMHNPs deal with many circumstances, together with substance use issues, suicidality, consuming issues and temper issues like melancholy or nervousness.
“PMHNP’s additionally present transient counseling for people, households or teams and work collaboratively with different psychological well being professionals,” Tavernier mentioned.
The FNP to PMHNP certificates program offers skilled Household Nurse Practitioners with the scientific and classroom studying wanted to grow to be dually licensed as an FNP and PMHNP. That is designed significantly for FNPs in rural areas of Idaho who are sometimes the one supplier.
“That is one other manner Idaho State is bettering entry to psychological well being take care of the agricultural and really distant areas of Idaho,” Dr. Tavernier mentioned.
This care can also be increasing to the Meridian Well being Care Clinic, a faculty-led clinic that gives main well being care to all ages, together with preventative care, continual illness therapy and administration, ladies’s well being and pediatric care. The clinic has entry to psychological well being providers and is planning to develop the PMNHP providers for rural areas utilizing telehealth.