A psychiatric nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed additional continuing education and training in psychiatric (mental health) nursing. Psychiatric NPs have a graduate-level (a master’s degree) or doctorate-level degree.  Psychiatric nurse practitioners work autonomously and can do the same things as psychiatrists, including prescribing medication. Nurse practitioners…

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Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners are mental health providers that evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with mental and behavioral disorders. In many ways, their roles in patient care overlap. So, what’s the difference between the two?  Their Educational Background and Training  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who completed…

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