The CPNP New Practitioner Hub is for CPNP members within their first five years of practice. The goal of this Hub is to help new practitioners transition into psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy practice.
Practice environments for psychiatric pharmacists have existed for some time in the hospital setting. Traditionally this has been in the context of working with inpatient treatment teams. However, there have been increasing opportunities for psychiatric pharmacists to practice within hospital-based outpatient clinics, injection clinics, and emergency departments. There continues to be a great need for individuals well-versed in psychiatric pharmacy to contribute to the care of individuals in community environments, including involvement in both primary care and assertive community treatment (ACT) team settings. With notable shortages of mental health care providers, particularly in rural areas, there is a growing opportunity for pharmacists to support both primary care providers and psychiatric specialists.
The “What I Wish I Knew” series of articles is a service of CPNP’s Resident and New Practitioner Committee. Articles are intended to provide advice from experts for students, residents, and new practitioners. Articles are not intended to provide in-depth disease state or pharmacotherapy information nor replace any peer-reviewed educational materials. We hope you benefit from this “field guide” discussing approaches to unique problems and situations.
Membership in the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is one of the best ways you can learn more about the exciting, growing field of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. Joining is easy and a 6-month complimentary trial membership is available for you to experience all of the benefits CPNP has to offer including:
Psychiatric pharmacists require comprehensive knowledge not only in psychiatry and neurology but also proficiency in clinical problem solving, interprofessionalism, and communication with empathy for the patient population they serve. Learn how to become a psychiatric pharmacist.