Book Definition: A nursing specialty in which the nurse is licensed to prescribe medication for mental disorders, and may work in private practice or in clinics and hospitals.

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. These nurses may work in private practice or in clinics and hospitals.

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

Examples


  • Also called Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.