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Can a psychiatric nurse practitioner prescribe medication?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Psychiatric nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists may be able to prescribe medications–this depends on the nurse practice act in the state in which they practice. Both are qualified to engage in psychotherapy. 

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