Jackie Audi, MSN, PMHNP, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner currently working at Lifestance Health, providing psychopharmacology and brief, short term psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her BS in Health/Medical Psychology from MCPHS University with an interest in public health, and completed her BSN/MSN from MGH Institute of Health Professions. In the past, she has worked as a mental health clinician on an inpatient psychiatric child and adolescent unit, as well as a registered psychiatric nurse on a substance use detoxification unit and a general psychiatry unit. Jackie is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) and Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN).
In this episode, we cover:
What does Jackie do as a Psych NP? What does it mean that she works in outpatient? And what does she like about outpatient work? Describing the nursing model of care The importance of her health psych bachelor’s degree What is motivational interviewing? How did her undergraduate research and clinical experiences contribute to her interest in nursing? How did Jackie market her research experiences when searching for her first clinical role? Why nursing? Why psych nursing? Psychopharmacology and psychotherapy: doing both What does day to day look like as an outpatient psych NP? The interdisciplinarity of nursing Can Psych NPs specialize even further? What are some differences between psychiatry and psychiatric nursing? What skills does Jackie use every day that help her become a better practitioner? How does Jackie deal with the uncertainty of her job? Strategies for self-care and relying on colleagues What are some aspects of psych nursing that would make someone NOT want to pursue this route? How about TO pursue it? What is something that prospective nurses should know about the job?How has Jackie’s curiosity helped her thrive?... and more! Jackie highlights both the beauty and the difficulty of being in a caring profession.
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Music by: Adam Fine