Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Workforce
Recorded: May 11, 2017
This webinar provides an overview of Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) nursing workforce, its size, characteristics, distribution, educational preparation and scope of practice. The opportunities for PMH RNs and Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) include using their capabilities to address access to care and to build effective and efficient interprofessional teams. Challenges the workforce faces include internal (increasing diversity and addressing geographic maldistribution) as well as external, particularly clarifying misconceptions around the capacity of PMH APNs to addresses mental health workforce shortages and effectively addressing the trend that forwards a narrow definition of our discipline as alternative prescribers.
Kathleen Delaney is a professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush College of Nursing (CON) in Chicago, IL. As a Co-Chair of the Illinois Center for Nursing, she conducts state work force surveys of RNs and APNs; attempting to understand how to match workforce demand, capacity and capabilities. She also conducts workforce surveys for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and publishes on the PMH nursing workforce, its size, capacity, and capabilities.