Focusing on health and wellness, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners (NPs) lead caregiving teams, paying particular attention to patients’ emotional, cognitive, and social functioning and play key roles in clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. They also help people and communities recover after trauma or distress.
Psychiatric/Mental Health NPs work to:
Conduct individual, family, and group psychotherapy
Diagnose psychiatric disorders
Perform psychiatric assessments and evaluations
Act as case managers for people with psychiatric disorders
Provide consultation to primary care providers
Psychiatric/mental health NPs work in a range of settings, including:
In-patient hospital practices as admitting clinicians
Outpatient community mental health programs
Forensic settings, such as court clinics and prisons
Throughout Carol Marchetti's nursing career, she has cared for individuals across the lifespan in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Her program of research is focused on trauma responses and decision-making, particularly regarding regret and the police reporting of sexual assault.