Practice characteristics of nurse practitioners in mental health and psychiatric settings


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Abstract

To explore the practice characteristics of nurse practitioners in mental health and psychiatric settings, descriptive statistics and multivariable logistic regression models were constructed with weighted data from the 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners. The 5.6% of nurse practitioners in mental health and psychiatric settings were less likely to have hospital admitting privileges and more likely to practice without a physician on-site, to have their own billing number, and to have a DEA number. These findings highlight the critical role that nurse practitioners play in the behavioral health workforce.HighlightsNPs in MH and psychiatric settings were more likely to practice without a physician on-site and have their own billing and DEA numbers.NPs in MH and psychiatric settings were less likely to have hospital admitting privileges, compared with nurse practitioners in other settings.These findings highlight the critical role that NPs play in the behavioral health workforce; shortages threaten access to care in many areas.

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