Each of our providers are highly skilled nurse practitioners. While nurse practitioners and physicians may perform similar services, it is important to note that a nurse practitioner is not a physician. Nurse practitioners receive education and training in the nursing model of care, which emphasizes holistic patient-centered care. This approach focuses on considering the individual as a whole person, rather than solely focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of a disease process. The core principles of the nursing model include patient-centered care, holistic care, collaborative care, evidence-based care, and cultural sensitivity.
A nurse practitioner begins their career as a registered nurse, which involves completing a four-year Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing. During nursing school, students gain practical experience by providing care in hospitals or outpatient settings under the supervision of licensed nurses, in addition to classroom learning. Nurses play a vital role in direct patient care, including administering medication and monitoring treatment progress. All the Nurse Practitioners at Balance Psychiatric Services have several years of experience working as registered nurses before pursuing advanced education to become nurse practitioners.
To become a nurse practitioner, individuals must obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctorate of Science in Nursing Practice (DNP), typically through a two- or three-year program. Nurse practitioners receive both classroom education and hands-on experience in hospitals or outpatient settings under the supervision of licensed nurse practitioners or physicians. Additionally, they undergo specialized coursework and obtain certification in their desired field of study. Examples of nurse practitioner specializations include Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs), and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs). At Balance Psychiatric Services, our nurse practitioners are either PMHNPs or FNPs, and some are dual certified in both areas.
Upon completing their degree and certification requirements, nurse practitioners undergo testing to obtain certification through accredited bodies such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). They then apply for state licensing, which is necessary to practice. To maintain state licensing and certification, nurse practitioners engage in continuing education to stay updated with the latest advancements in their field.
We are more than happy to answer any further questions you may have about the education, training, or practice of our nurse practitioners. If you are ready to begin treatment with Balance Psychiatric Services, please complete our new patient form, and we will promptly contact you.