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Psychiatric and Mental Health Core Capabilities and Learning Outcomes Developed in Nurse Practitioner Programmes in Australia and the United States of America| Abstract

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  • J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health,
  • DOI: 10.4172/2472-095X.1000102

Psychiatric and Mental Health Core Capabilities and Learning Outcomes Developed in Nurse Practitioner Programmes in Australia and the United States of America

Andrew Cashin1*, Roger Green2 and Thomas Buckley3
1School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia
2College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing, California State University Dominguez Hills, , USA
3Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Australia
*Corresponding Author : Andrew Cashin, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia, Tel: + 61 2 66203156, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Sep 29, 2015 / Accepted Date: Nov 09, 2015 / Published Date: Nov 20, 2015

Abstract

Mental health/psychiatric need in the community have outstripped the availability of specialist practitioners. Accessibility, along with affordability of healthcare and stigma, is one of the main reasons for the unmet service need in this area. Nurse Practitioners are demonstrably safe and effective practitioners for whom prescribing is an important part of practice. Nurse Practitioners prescribe in both the United States and Australia. Little is known of curricula content related to mental health/psychiatric illness and associated treatments in Nurse Practitioner programmes. It is axiomatic that mental health/psychiatric treatment including prescribing is a central focus of specialist mental health courses, but little is known of primary care and family care curriculum content in this domain in the United States or courses preparing for primary care in Australia. As up to 25% people at any time are affected by mental health disorders the case is made for the need to set core capabilities in this area in all person centred and holistic curricula and the need to ensure learning outcomes are set and are achieved in curricula.

Keywords: Nurse practitioners; Mental health; Mental disorders; Primary care; Nurse practitioner; Curricula

Citation: Cashin A, Green R, Buckley T (2015) Psychiatric and Mental Health Core Capabilities and Learning Outcomes Developed in Nurse Practitioner Programmes in Australia and the United States of America. J Neuropsychopharmacol Mental Health 1: 102. Doi: 10.4172/2472-095X.1000102

Copyright: © 2015 Cashin A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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