Referral to a psychiatric provider

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This nurse practitioner erred by not referring this patient to a psychiatric provider.
This nurse practitioner erred by not referring this patient to a psychiatric provider.

This nurse practitioner [Legal Advisor, “A patient commits murder,”] did not err by failing to consult with her partner. She erred by not referring this patient to a psychiatric provider. If her MSN program was anything like the one I attended, FNPs get one 3-hour class on mental health treatment. Prescribing a single antidepressant is fine in a primary care setting. The regimen she used is appalling.—Rachel Booker, PMHNP-BC, Bangor, Maine


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