Advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing, finding our core: the therapeutic relationship in 21st century

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2006 Nov;42(4):215-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2006.00097.x.


Topic: Increasingly, students from various professional backgrounds are enrolling in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) Nursing graduate programs, especially at the post-master's level. Faculty must educate these students to provide increasingly complex care while socializing them as PMH advanced practitioners.

Purpose: To present how one online program is addressing these issues by reasserting the centrality of the relationship and by assuring it has at least equal footing with the application of a burgeoning knowledge base of neurobiology of mental illness.

Sources: Published literature from nursing and psychology.

Conclusions: The PMH graduate faculty believes that they have developed strategies to meet this challenge and to help build a PMH workforce that will maintain the centrality of the relationship in PMH practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Countertransference
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Empathy
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Helping Behavior
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / nursing
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Nursing
  • Neurobiology
  • Nurse Practitioners* / education
  • Nurse Practitioners* / organization & administration
  • Nurse Practitioners* / psychology
  • Nurse's Role / psychology*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Informatics / organization & administration
  • Nursing Process
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychiatric Nursing* / education
  • Psychiatric Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Self Concept
  • Socialization