Laverdue Psychiatry, PLLC provides individualized psychiatric care targeted at the specific needs of each patient. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Jen Durward treats the mind, body, and spirit. She practices the Theory of Caring, developed by Professor Jean Watson, RN. Caring Science embraces the nurse as the heart of healing, by actively engaging the patient in caring through authentic presence and intentionality (Lauren Spilsbury, RN, MSN).
Jen has been practicing as an APRN, PMHNP-BC since 2011. She has been providing care by seeing patiences face-to-face and via Telehealth. She treats patients ages 13 and older, collaborating care efforts with other providers to ensure that her patients are connected with appropriate treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Jen has worked closely with group homes, as well as long-term care homes, in compliance with CMS regulations for psychotropic medications. She is well-versed in treating neurological disorders such as dementia, developmental delay, and traumatic brain injuries.
At Laverdue Psychiatry, patients receive management of psychotropic medications to treat mood and other brain disorders. Jen works with addiction counselors and other mental health professionals in treating substance abuse disorders and chronic pain.
Pharmacogenetic testing is used to determine how an individual’s DNA affects the response to medications. This relatively new science helps physicians and nurse practitioners develop effective, safe medications and dosage that are tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. Pharmacology saves patients time and money by providing them with a medication protocol specific to their unique needs.
Laverdure Psychiatry treats the following conditions but not limited to:
Laverdure Psychiatry offers cognitive assessments to objectively measure different areas of memory, attention, concentration and reasoning.
All initial or new patients must call (406) 945-9019 to get an appointment and then a link to onpatient.com or the app (patient portal) will be then sent to start the intake process.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegiance, United Health Care, Montana Coop, Tricare/Triwest, Medicare and Medicaid.
Whether meeting in-person or via telehealth, patients should complete the routine pre-visit questionnaire, have a list of all current medications and supplements, and please comply with the contract for controlled substances.
Write down any new symptoms you’re experiencing, any questions you have, and changes to your medical history.
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How is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Different From a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists have several similarities. They are both specially trained to treat a broad range of mental health disorders, and are qualified to prescribe and manage psychotropic medications.
However, the training they receive to gain this expertise takes psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatrists down different paths. Psychiatrists attend medical school to become physicians, and then attend a residency to specialize in psychiatry. Psychiatric nurse practitioners attending nursing school, and then earn a master’s degree to specialize as a nurse practitioner.
In practice, psychiatric nurse practitioners tend to be more generalists, focusing their practice on a wide range of psychiatric disorders, whereas psychiatrists tend to focus their practice on particular subspecializations.
This difference in training is significant, because it gives the psychiatric nurse practitioner a different realm of training and experience than a psychiatrist. Nurses practice the Theory of Caring, and come to understand the connection between patient and practitioner in a different way than a medical doctor.
The combination of a generalist practice and a focus on the science of caring makes psychiatric nurse practitioners uniquely qualified to relate to their patients on a holistic level.