Psychiatric Certification Plan in Texas State

Assignment 1: Week 1 Practicum Journal Entry: Certification Plan

Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners currently have only one choice for certification, which is through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC offers the “psychiatric/mental-health nurse practitioner (across the lifespan)” board certification (PMHNP-BC). In many states, board certification is needed as a prerequisite to being granted an NP license. Even if board certification is not a requirement for state licensure, it may be a requirement to receive privileges in various hospitals and other health care facilities. It may also be required by malpractice insurance providers prior to issuing coverage to NPs.

In this Practicum Journal Assignment, you will develop a plan, which will serve as the road map for you to follow to attain your certification Psychiatric Certification Plan in Texas State.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Analyze state restrictions or limitations for practice

Compare PMHNP practice environments in various states

Analyze clinical practice issues

Create plans for passing national certification exams

**Assigned in Week 1 but submitted in Week 4

To prepare for this Practicum Journal:

Review the interactive nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice law guide in your Learning Resources.

Review your state regulations and a neighboring state or state in which you would like to practice.

Reflect on how to approach relocating licensure from one state to another.

Review certification exam requirements for PMHNPs.

Write a 2- to 3-page paper in which you do the following:

Describe the PMHNP practice environment for your home state, highlighting restrictions or limitations for practice.

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Compare the PMHNP practice environment in your home state with a neighboring state or a state in which you would like to practice.

Describe a professional and/or clinical practice issue a new PMHNP will need to consider and address with the certification, licensure, credentialing, or relocation process.

Develop a checklist for passing the national certification exam, including a detailed timeline that includes academic preparation (study plan), registration, financial preparation, etc.

Describe the PMHNP practice environment for your home state (Texas), highlighting restrictions or limitations for practice.

I intend to practice as a PMHNP in the State of Texas. To achieve this goal, I must be a certified nurse with a nursing practice license for the state. In addition, I should have successfully completed PMHNP coursework and graduated from a recognized nursing education institution. Besides that, I should have passed the examination presented by the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board. These qualities would satisfy the regulatory conditions set by the Texas State Board of Nursing thereby allowing me to practice as a PMHNP (Varcarolis, 2013).

Compare the PMHNP practice environment in your home state with a neighboring state or a state in which you would like to practice.

Although my home state is Texas, I would like to practice in Virginia State. The two states have different PMHNP practice environment. The first difference is that although the practice environment in Texas is regulated by the Board of Nursing, the practice environment in Virginia is regulated by the Board of Nursing and Board of Medicine. The second difference is that Virginia State only regulates restricted practice while Texas State regulates all nursing practices. The final difference is that Texas State requires that PMHNP should be certified nationally, complete a recognized education program, and be registered before being licensed to practice in the state. Virginia State requires that PMHNP be graduates, certified nationally, complete a recognized education program, and be registered before being licensed to practice in the state (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2018)Psychiatric Certification Plan in Texas State.

Describe a professional and/or clinical practice issue a new PMHNP will need to consider and address with the certification, licensure, credentialing, or relocation process.

A mandatory issue that all PMHNP must address before being allowed to practice in any state is receiving nursing credentials. This requires that the nurse complete a competency-based evaluation that assesses professional knowledge thus identifying the individual as a competent nurse. In fact, credentialing shows that the individual is a competent nurse who meets all the education and practice needs for the specified level (Varcarolis, 2013).

Develop a checklist for passing the national certification exam, including a detailed timeline that includes academic preparation (study plan), registration, financial preparation, etc.

The checklist has been presented in Figure 1, showing a chronological six-step process that prepares the individual to undertake a certification examination (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board, 2018).

Figure 1. Checklist for passing the national certification examination

References

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (2018). Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Certification candidate handbook. Retrieved from http://www.aanpcert.org/resource/documents/AGNP%20FNP%20Candidate%20Handbook.pdf

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2018). State Practice Environment. Retrieved from https://www.aanp.org/legislation-regulation/state-legislation/state-practice-environment

Varcarolis, E. (2013). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A communication approach to evidence-based care. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders Psychiatric Certification Plan in Texas State.

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