Date of Award

Spring 4-7-2024

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Sarah M. I. Cartwright, DNP, RN, NI-BC, CAPA, FASPAN


Citizens of the state of Georgia, particularly those in rural or underserved communities, experience a lack of mental health resources. Extensive research evidence underscores the urgent need for enhanced access to mental health services, especially in rural areas where individuals face significant barriers such as limited provider availability and long travel distances. Through a thorough review of existing policy related to scope of practice, this scholarly work advocates for policy changes related to the practice authority of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs). Advancement of legislative priorities to promote full practice authority for PMHNPs in the state of Georgia empowers the practitioners to address access barriers and deliver essential mental health care to underserved communities. This DNP scholarly project underscores the critical importance of evidence-based policy changes to address healthcare disparities and improve public health outcomes. By advocating for the removal of restrictive practice barriers for PMHNPs, this project sought to ensure timely and quality mental health care access across Georgia.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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