What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?
How do PMHNs differ from psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists? Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have degrees in nursing. At times, the role of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master’s degree may overlap with that of a psychologist, social worker and psychiatrist. For example, all of these positions usually do psychotherapy. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and psychiatrists can prescribe, whereas psychologists and social workers cannot. Psychologists are trained to do psychological testing and members of the other three disciplines are not trained in this way. All of these different psychiatric providers can practice independently, but are also subject to state laws governing practice and scope of practice. In New York, an advanced practice nurse practitioner collaborates with physicians as needed, after completing 3,000 hours of practice under a collaborating physician.