Dr. Latrice Martin
Latrice Martin is a Board-Certified Nurse Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her career in health care when she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998 as a surgical technician. Latrice received her Associates and Bachelor of Nursing degrees from College of Saint Mary in Omaha NE in 2006. Latrice attended Frontier Nursing University (FNU) where she received her Master of Nursing Degree in the Midwifery program in 2009, her post-graduate degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2017, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2018 and post-graduate degree in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in 2022.
Her passion is preventative health, reproductive life planning, the mother-baby dyad, breastfeeding, mental wellness and putting a stop to domestic violence. Latrice has been married for 20 years and has 3 wonderful children.
What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced graduate education and training. NPs can assess, diagnose, and prescribe treatment for a variety of illnesses. NPs are required to have obtained at least a master’s degree in nursing in a chosen specialty and pass a national certifying examination. According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, there are over 355,000 NPs across the country, and Americans make over 1.06 billion visits to nurse practitioners every year.
What does a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) do?
PMHNP’s serve the psychiatric-mental health population. We assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using our full scope of therapeutic skills, including prescribing medication and administering psychotherapy.
PMHNP’s often work in private or group practice, hospitals, community health clinics and in correctional institutions. Depending on our practice, we may teach university level and community-based classes; and consult with groups, communities, legislators, and corporations.
What is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician?
While physicians are trained through graduate medical school and a residency in their specialty, nurse practitioners have similar, but uniquely different training and experience. All nurse practitioners have completed basic nursing school, a rigorous process that can range from 18 months to 3 years. Most then practice as a nurse before beginning graduate school. A master’s degree in nursing can take two to three years and includes highly specialized didactic training and extensive clinical practicum hours. In short, we believe physicians provide excellent service and are experts in complex cases, nurse practitioners pride themselves on caring for the bio-psycho-social aspects of a person – in other words, total wellness and recovery.
Doesn’t a physician need to supervise a nurse practitioner?
Nurse practitioners have come a long way in establishing their roles as providers of medical care. For many years, nurse practitioners were not allowed to see patients without a physician closely supervising. They often could not prescribe medications or were highly limited on what medications they could prescribe. Now, at least 25 states, D.C., and two U.S. territories have allowed for nurse practitioners to practice independently, without direct supervision of a physician (full practice authority). In Nebraska, all nurse practitioners (except Certified Nurse Midwives) can practice independently of a physician.