Julie Zerwic, guest columnist America’s mental health care system is in disarray. A lack of providers who can diagnose mental health disorders, prescribe medications, and provide therapy leaves millions of Americans who desperately need mental health care out in the cold. The latest evidence comes from an assessment by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association that finds a chronic lack of mental health professionals who can care for 56 million Americans with mental health or substance abuse issues. These problems are even more acute in Iowa, especially in rural areas, where it’s made even worse by the lack of health care of any type. Only 56 communities in Iowa have a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant who can provide mental health services. Changes need to be made. The Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds made a good first step this past session by approving additional access centers for people who need immediate mental health care, and … [Read more...] about Addressing a mental health care crisis
Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner programs
Several dozen Fresno State nursing students have been notified that the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program from which they received certificates was not accredited. According to Dean of Health and Human Services Jody Hironaka-Juteau, late last year, Fresno State officials and students received notices that the four-semester online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program was not accredited. Hironaka-Juteau said the program has been around since 2009, but accreditation wasn’t required for the advanced study until 2014, affecting at least 60 students that were in the program. According to Hironaka-Juteau, the lack of accreditation is a result of an administrative misunderstanding with the application process and requirements. In a statement released by Hironaka-Juteau and Sylvia Miller, chair of Fresno State’s School of Nursing, they said, “We are working closely with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the … [Read more...] about Fresno State nursing students informed program they took was not accredited
HYDEN, Ky. — Jess Calohan has been named the new director of Frontier Nursing University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Calohan comes to FNU from George Washington University School of Nursing, where he was an assistant professor. He also is the owner and PMHNP at ClincWorksConsulting, a Telepsychiatry Company, in Potomac Falls, Va. and has served on the Distance Education and Accreditation Council in Washington, D.C., since 2013. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Calohan as the new director of our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program,” said FNU President Susan Stone. “He brings a wealth of experience that will allow the program to proceed on the path of excellence as it continues to develop, grow and ultimately provide clinicians who will serve those most in need of mental health services.” A retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army, Calohan served the military in a variety of medical positions … [Read more...] about Frontier Nursing University names program director
Ellen Ciurczak Hattiesburg American Published 8:00 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Tori Hopkins knows why she finds herself in the first year nursing program at the University of Southern Mississippi. "To help people — make the world a better place," she said. "It's something I've always wanted to do." But the many jobs available in her field after she finishes her two years of nursing courses don't hurt either. "I know the need is going up," Hopkins said. "The career opportunities are exciting." Talk to anybody in the nursing domain and they'll tell you — nurses are needed. "The number of registered nurses is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024, but that's not going to keep pace with the numbers lost," said Lachel Story, associate dean at Southern Miss' College of Nursing. "There is an RN shortage in this country." Story continues after photo gallery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections for 2014-24, registered … [Read more...] about Is nursing shortage critical in Mississippi, US?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2018) — Dr. Sonya Hardin, associate dean for graduate programs and professor in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, has been named dean of the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Hardin will start on Aug. 13, serving as acting dean until the UofL Board of Trustees approves her appointment. “I am excited to join UofL,” Hardin said. “The School of Nursing has an exemplary leadership team, nationally-renowned faculty and an outstanding cadre of staff, students, distinguished alumni and supporters who are well positioned to impact the health of individuals, families and communities.” Hardin will replace Marcia J. Hern, who in 2017 announced her plan to retire from the school after an 11-year tenure as dean. “Dr. Hardin will expand upon the advancement that has occurred in the past decade at the School of Nursing, which has seen growth in programs, learning space and student enrollment,” said Dr. … [Read more...] about UofL School of Nursing appoints new dean