2051-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Primary Care Practice

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2051-18: The Use of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to Increase Mental Health Access Within Primary Care | Effectiveness of the Role of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Making Mental Health Care Accessible in Primary Health Care Settings: Australian Nurses' Experience

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

The Use of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to Increase Mental Health Access Within Primary Care
This presentation provides an introduction to Integrative Behavioral Health by examining a current practice model in a primary care setting. The participant will learn how utilizing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners can improve access to mental health and substance abuse treatment as a member of the interdisciplinary team in this nontraditional setting.  
Presenter:  Sarah E. Thornburg, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Effectiveness of the Role of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Making Mental Health Care Accessible in Primary Health Care Settings: Australian Nurses' Experience
This presentation will report on the findings of a study that examined the views of 22 PMHNs about the scope of their work and reach in providing mental health care to patients with SMI in primary health care settings in collaboration with Family Physicians.  
Presenter:  Michael Olasoji, RPN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  48 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the unique role of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner within Integrative Behavioral Health in a primary care setting.
  2. Describe the role of PMHNs in making mental health care accessible for people with a severe mental illness in PHC settings.

Keywords:  Integrative Care, Primary Care, PMHNP, Practice, Integrated Care, Stepped Care, Primary Health

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00pm - 4:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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