Toward an integration of competencies for advanced practice mental health nursing

Carol A. Williams, Daniel J. Pesut, Mary Boyd, Sheryl S. Russell, Jan Morrow, Kathleen Head

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As new models of health care delivery evolve, the work of advanced practice nurses is growing in importance. Graduate programs in nursing have traditionally prepared advanced practice nurses for separate roles as clinical nurse specialists or as nurse practitioners. However, there are increasing trends toward the blurring of boundaries between these two types of advanced practice roles. Hence, a future blended role is projected by many nurse educators. The merger of clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner roles, however, requires corresponding shifts in academic programs. The purposes of this article are to discuss the need for a blended clinical specialist-nurse practitioner role in mental health, to identify populations of clients who would be served by a blended role provider, to discuss the competencies associated with such a role, and to share an approach to the preparation of advanced practice mental health specialist/practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1998

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