Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review

SKU# 9780826133540

Author: Denise Vanacore PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC



This one-of-a-kind review manual, designed for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ANCC certification exam, distills a vast amount of information to present only the core knowledge needed for exam success. Replete with proven test-taking strategies, red flags and clinical pearls that highlight crucial information, the resource is presented in easily digestible sections to facilitate learning. It mirrors the ANCC test plan and offers helpful guidelines on question dissection and analysis. Additionally, it is the only resource of its kind to reflect changes and additions to DSM 5 categories. Over 500 practice questions with answers and rationales help students to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

The manual synthesizes and condenses information from a variety of relevant nursing courses to extract the most pertinent information needed for exam success. It discusses the foundations of advanced practice nursing, including the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, health assessment, and theoretical basis of care. The resource addresses psychiatric disorders as organized in the DSM 5, along with review sections, red flag warnings, clinical pearls, and exam tips. Also covered is comprehensive treatment including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment plans. Additionally, the manual presents pertinent lifespan considerations.

Key Features:

  • Presents information in easily digestible, quick review “bites” that reflect the ANCC test plan
  • Provides important guidelines on question dissection and analysis
  • Reflects changes and additions to DSM 5 categories
  • Synthesizes information from many sources into succinct core knowledge
  • Includes 500 practice questions with answers and rationales

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 15, 2018
  • Page Count 420
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133540

Table of Contents 

Section I – Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing

Chapter 1 - Examination and overview:

Certification Examinations


How to analyze a test question

How to develop a test study plan

Chapter 2 - Psychiatric Mental Health NP role:

Role of the NP

Cultural competency

Research & evidence based practice

Practice Issues, Trends and Health Policy

Legal considerations & HIPPA

Chapter 3 - Health assessment

Health promotion and health screening

Psychiatric mental health assessment

Mental Health and well being


Chapter 4 - Comprehensive Crisis Intervention



Crisis Intervention

Sexual Assault

Chapter 5 - Theoretical Basis of Care

Bio-psychosocial Model

Therapeutic relationship

Developmental Theories

Nursing Theories

Section II – Psychiatric Disorders:(Chapter organization: Review of diagnosis, Red flags, Clinical pearls & exam tips.)

Chapter 6 – Neurobiology, Neuro-anatomy and advanced pathophysiology

Chapter 7 - Anxiety disorders

Chapter 8 – Mood disorders

Chapter 9 - Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Chapter 10 - Personality disorders

Chapter 11 - Thought disorders –





Chapter 12 - Substance related disorders

Chapter 13 - Sleep Disorders

Chapter 14 - Eating Disorders

Chapter 15 – Lifespan & Family Considerations:

Pre-School Children

School age Children




Section III - Chronic Illness and Mental health

Chapter 16 - Diabetes

Chapter 17 – MI & CVA

Chapter 18 - Pain

Section IV - Comprehensive Treatment

Chapter 19 – Pharmacology Review (Neurotransmitters)

Chapter 20 – Pharmacology Treatment

Antidepressants (SSRI’s, SRNI’s, Atypical, TCA)

Antipsychotics (First generation, second generation)


Anxiolytics (Nonbenzodiazepines, benzodiazepines, other)

Antimanic medications

ADHD agents and Stimulants


Bipolar disorder agents

Chapter 21 - Non-Pharmacologic Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Individual Therapy

Group Therapy

Family Therapy

Complimentary and alternative therapies

Section V - Practice questions with rationales.