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additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of the degree program.While PMHNP is focused on patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, and substance abuse problems, FNP is focused on current medical health issues, disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, and restorative care interventions. I have had an interest in human behavior and mental illness ever since I started my nursing career as a student. I felt like the specialty and the patients do not get enough attention and support like other specialty that deal with patients with physical/medical health conditions. I referred to Psychiatry and Mental health specialty the “Step Child” of the health sector because the resources allocated to the specialty is inadequate in comparison with other specialty. I want to create a positive social change the community and globally by advocating, treating and preventing psychiatric and mental illness.
Step 2: Justification of Nursing SpecialtyUse the space below to write a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.I started out as a primary nurse to my patients in various specialty units like telemetry, emergency department, post-anesthesia care unit and now a psychiatric and mental health nurse. I have settled to further my studies in Master of Science – Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). As a nurse, it is important for me to join the advance practice to meet the needfor mental health services; U.S. continues to face a critical shortage of professionals in the field (Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), 2018). An advance degree will allow me to gain confidence to care for my patients in different settings across the lifespan. My practice will not be limited to a hospital setting but in mental health clinics, correctional facilities, inpatient oroutpatient psychiatric facilities, private psychiatric practices community mental health centers, domestic violence shelters, residential substance abuse facilities, and schools.My major concerns when settling for an advance degree in PMHNP was my lack of experience in the specialty. I kept this in mind as I looked around for a school that wouldfully meet my needs within my schedule as a full-time employee, a wife and a mother. AtWalden University, PMHNP program is a program offered fully online with a strong pharmacology component, and by the end of the course I will have gained advanced skills and practicum training for treating people across the lifespan (Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), 2018). Furthermore, by the end of my course I will have gained about 2 years’ experience as a psychiatric nurse.
Step 3: Professional OrganizationsUse the space below to identify and examine one professional organization related to your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this