Family Nurse Practitioner Roles

The DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) core coursework focuses on client-centered clinical practice, and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery. The Family Nurse Practitioner cares for the whole family, throughout the lifespan.

There is a well-documented shortage or primary care providers in the the US, with Pierce and Mason counties designated as “medically under-served” as well as many other counties across the state. The PLU FNP program is designed to meet the demand for additional primary care providers in the region and state.

The DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure. In the State of Washington, ARNPs have independent practice and prescribing authority.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Roles

The DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner coursework prepares nurses to provide a wide range of psychiatric and mental health care services to individuals and families across the lifespan. PMHNPs are responsible for assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse, or mental health problems such as loss, grief, adjustment problems, difficulty with coping with aspects of their lives including physical health problems. PMHNPs focused on therapeutic milieu (assuring the activities and interaction in the environment supported positive outcomes for patients) and psychotherapy (individual, group, and family). PMHNPs may conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, and write prescriptions.

There is a well-documented shortage of mental health care providers in the South Puget Sound, the State of Washington and the U.S., with most counties in the state designated as “mental health care under-served.” The PLU PMHNP program is designed to meet the demand for additional mental health care providers in the region and state.

The DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure. In the State of Washington, ARNPs have independent practice and prescribing authority.