I am a recent graduate of UMASS Amherst College and am currently board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide advanced specialty psychiatric care with a dual emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I am proficient in the art and science of psychotherapy and physical assessment, and my role allows me to intervene with vulnerable populations and promote mental health across the lifespan. Additionally, I am able to work with children, adolescents, adults, and older persons in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, public health departments, hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, health maintenance organizations, government facilities, schools of nursing and independent private practice. As I continue to develop my skills, I plan to utilize my education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking. As a PMHNP, I will provide the highest level of nursing practice. Over the next decade, my professional goals include developing my clinical practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and ensuring continued education for Professional Development.
MSN Ed Nursing
This clinical practicum experience was in a community-based health care agency providing advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing care to children, adolescents, and their families, 168 clinical practicum hours.
This clinical practicum was completed in a community-based health agency providing advanced practice psychiatric mental health care to adults and older adults, 168 clinical practicum hours.
This clinical practicum was completed at the Partial Hospitalization Program at Berkshire Medical Center. The focus was on developing advanced skills to deliver individual, group, and family psychosocial therapeutics using evidence-based psychosocial treatment models across the lifespan, 112 clinical practicum hours.
This clinical practicum offered experience in a health care facility providing psychiatric mental health care to individuals with complex health problems, 112 clinical practicum hours.
This practicum provided an intensive immersion opportunity for me to further enhance and integrate my prior learning and to gain experience with designated PMHNP essentials and specialty competencies, 112 clinical practicum hours
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Substance Use Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Women's Issues and Health
Child, Adult, and Geriatric Psychiatry
Although I appreciate the fact that I will face a number of challenges while implementing my role and skillset into clinical practice, I believe that I will be successful in doing so because of my “grit”. The definition of grit is a firmness of mind or spirit – unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger. This term is used in positive psychology as a way to describe an individual's passion and powerful motivation that allows him or her to achieve their respective objective. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie within an individual's path to accomplishment and serves as a driving force in achievement realization. As previously mentioned, I believe that grit is my greatest personal strength.
My other strengths include optimism, curiosity, teamwork, and self-motivation. An optimistic and positive attitude not only promotes personal actions, but it also allows me to recognize achievements in others, thus inspiring fellow team members and making it easy to successfully work together as a team. My curiosity allows me to seek out new opportunities for learning, as well as provides me with the spirit to volunteer for new roles or participate in new projects. With regard to being self-motivated, once co-workers have an opportunity to get to know me, they quickly gain confidence in me and trust that the final product I deliver to them or their client will be quality and completed in a timely manner. When combined with grit, these traits allow me to better related to co-workers and clients, thus creating strong personal connections over a brief period of time.
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