Responding to Community Need
|Cindy Wolz, a clinical associate professor of nursing|
New psychiatric nurse practitioner program will help fill void
The 10-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire’s only psychiatric hospital was ready to accept patients last July but there weren’t enough nurses to staff it so the opening was delayed a year.
When the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened in 2014, there were people waiting for treatment but the hospital couldn’t fill all the beds because of a shortage in specialized nurses.
That kind of need is the target of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program being launched at UNH in January. Program director Cindy Wolz, a clinical associate professor of nursing, says the new certificate program is a way to increase access to mental health services in communities.... READ MORE IN UNH TODAY