Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Careers in Mental Health

Lori Martin, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Generic Information

  • Diagnoses the presence, nature, and severity of mental illness through psychiatric and physical examination of patients and evaluation of test data
  • Prescribes medication and provides psychiatric treatment and therapy
  • Formulates treatment plans
  • Collaborates with physicians, clinicians, nurses, therapists, and allied health professionals in the interdisciplinary teams
  • Refers clients to other healthcare providers, manages and coordinates care, uses research skills and diagnoses health/illness statuses.
  • Delegates care and orders, and monitors clients’ performance, progress, and outcomes.
  • Orders and interprets diagnostic and therapeutic tests.
  • Master’s degree
  • Nurse Practitioner license from the Oregon State Board of Nursing
  • Empathetic active listening skills
  • Clinical knowledge, skills, and abilities in working with persons with mental illness
  • Ability to function independently and as a part of a patient-centered interdisciplinary treatment team
  • Highly attentive to detail, confidentiality, and accuracy
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Private practice
  • Medical hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Universities
  • Government and community agencies
  • Civil and criminal courts
  • Corrections facilities
  • Military facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities


At the Oregon State Hospital, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are part of the medical staff and function as leaders in the interdisciplinary patient care teams. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medications. The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner has a graduate degree in nursing specializing in mental health issues and disorders. As licensed independent practitioners, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners autonomously and, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, assess, diagnose, treat and manage client’s mental health illnesses, medical needs, and/or substance addictions. They also serve as healthcare researchers, interdisciplinary team consultants, and patient advocates.

For more information on the educational pathway to this and other healthcare careers follow this Link to the Educational Resource page.

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