Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing has
been awarded $600,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources & Service Administration to develop a Psychiatric
Nurse Practitioner Program. The new program, available to students in
the 2002-03 school year, will train advanced practice nurses to deliver
both psychiatric and primary healthcare services. The grant will be
used for the development of courses and clinical sites for the new
"One of the new challenges to nursing is to educate
practitioners to deliver the broad range of services the public
requires," says Elizabeth Betemps, PhD, associate professor of nursing
and director for the program. "This program's combination of primary
care and psychiatric training for advanced practice nurses prepares
graduates to provide a wide spectrum of services to patients."
to a January 2001 State of Ohio Mental Health Commission report, Ohio's
public mental health system has a shortage of well-trained clinicians,
is not meeting Ohio's current demands for mental health services and
will not meet increasing demands in the future. "The report also
indicated the general public prefers primary care providers to treat
mental health problems," Dr. Betemps says. "Unfortunately, most primary
care providers are unprepared to handle mental health issues. It is
crucial new initiatives are established to prepare practitioners to
meet these demands."
The new track will blend the Family Nurse
curriculum and the Psychiatric Nursing curriculum. Upon completion of
the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for two certification
examinations, Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and Family Nurse
"Right now, we are targeting our recruitment
efforts for the program toward enrolling minority students and students
from under-served areas," Dr. Betemps explains. "We would like to see
our graduates return to practice in those medically under-served areas."
For more information about enrolling for this program, please contact Elizabeth Karle, at 558-5311.