Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program (PMHNP) is for those who want to achieve excellence in their practice so they can make a significant difference in the lives of the individuals they encounter daily.
Psychiatric mental health nursing is an exciting and rewarding specialty comprised of several sub-specialties which require specialized knowledge and skills. It not only demands technical know-how, but a strong commitment to team work, advocacy, and plenty of compassion and flexibility as well. It is a deeply rewarding area in which to work, giving back to you as much as you give it.
The PMHNP offers a dynamic curriculum to registered nurses commencing a fulfilling career in this specialty area or actively practicing and wanting to obtain formal education and distinction in the specialty. Obtaining specialization in psychiatric mental health nursing not only demonstrates your ongoing dedication and commitment to individuals in your care but to the specialty and your professional career development. The content covered in the program further prepares eligible nurses to write the Canadian Nurses Association Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing certification exam. (Program hours may be eligible towards the experience and/or education requirements for the Canadian Nurses Association Exam – Certification in Psychiatric and Mental health Nursing).
The part-time, online distance option has been designed to allow learners to work full-time while studying at a reasonable pace. Prior approval from a specialty manager is required before registering for a program.
Learners benefit from online and classroom led group discussions in addition to skills labs where newly acquired knowledge is practiced using various modalities including simulation. Knowledge is assessed through examinations and skills are assessed through an Objective Structure Clinical Exam (OSCE) prior to preceptor-led clinical experiences. At the completion of this program, you will be able to provide safe, effective, compassionate care to clients and their families, at the level of advanced beginner.
Registered Nurses in any of RNPDC programs which have clinical components require active BLS(c) for HCP. The course can be readily obtained from St. John Ambulance or Heart and Stroke of Nova Scotia. RNPDC requires a copy of your active card on file.
If your BLS (c) is going to expire during the program, faculty recommends you recertify PRIOR to entering the program.
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