Book Definition: a registered nurse who has completed specific advanced nursing education (generally a masters degree or doctoral degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as a few complex medical conditions.

In Your Own Words


  • A nurse who also has the ability to prescribe patients drugs for mental disorders.
  • A registered nurse (RN) who works with people who have mental disorders.


Other Information:
Nurse Practitioners treat both physical and mental conditions through comprehensive history taking, physical exams, physical therapy, ordering tests and therapies for patients, within their scope of practice. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional education and training in a specialty area, such as family practice or pediatrics.

In some states, NPs evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with lacerations and fractures.


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Examples/Functions


  • Also called Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Additional Resources


  1. http://journals.lww.com/tnpj/pages/default.aspx
  2. http://www.npamonline.org/