Integrating the 2013 Psychiatric Mental Health NP Competencies Into Educational Programs: Where Are We Now?

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Abstract

Since the introduction of the revised National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies and Population Focused Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Competencies, a national forum took place to hear from many PMHNP program directors in the field comparing how they have integrated the lifespan competencies and the master's (MS)/or doctor of nurse practice (DNP) essentials into their curriculum. In this paper, we will report first on the major areas of change in the structure and content of the PMHNP-lifespan curriculum as well as the comments made by many faculty from across the country as to challenges and innovative strategies used to meet these challenges. We will review some of the major issues in content, pedagogy, and evaluation methods as well as examples of how these curricular elements have been infused into select programs across the country. We conclude highlighting several key areas, suggested foci for change, and how the specialty might focus attention and accelerate the significant growth we are seeing in PMHNP programs.

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