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  • What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)?
    An Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) is a registered nurse who has completed advanced didactic and clinical education to obtain an advanced practice license. APNs are able to diagnose diseases/disorders, perform examinations, order diagnostic tests and treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals within their scope of practice.
  • What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?:
    A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced didactic and clinical education to obtain an advanced practice license. Nurse Practitioners are able to diagnose conditions, perform examinations, order diagnostics and treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals within their scope of practice.

    • Nurse Practitioners must complete a bachelor’s degree (typically BSN, 4 years), become a Registered Nurse (RN), followed by a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN, 3 years), and may choose to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) typically requiring an additional 3-4 years of education. In addition, in order to practice in the state of Texas, Nurse Practitioners must be board certified by the appropriate credentialing body.
  • What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?:
    A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced didactic and clinical education to obtain an advanced practice license. Clinical Nurse Specialists are able to diagnose conditions, perform examinations, order diagnostics and treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals within their scope of practice.

    • Clinical Nurse Specialists must complete a bachelor’s degree (typically BSN, 4 years), become a Registered Nurse (RN), followed by a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN, 3 years), and may choose to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) typically requiring an additional 3-4 years of education. In addition, in order to practice in the state of Texas, Clinical Nurse Specialists must be board certified by the appropriate credentialing body.
  • Why Should I see a NP or CNS?
    • Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Specialists place emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person, and focus on health promotion, as well as disease prevention. NPs and CNSs believe in working WITH and for the client, emphasizing education so clients can be advocates in their own care.
  • What is Mental Illness?
    • A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, and mood. This can affect a person’s quality of life, daily functioning and ability to relate to others.
    • Examples of serious mental illnesses include major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
    • Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income.
  • What is Psychiatry?
    • Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders.
  • How Can Mental Illness Affect My Life?
    • Mental illness can result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, many people can experience relief from their symptoms.
  • Where can I find a psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse near me?
    • Please see the directory that is listed on this website.