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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Alumni Profiles

Graduates of our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program have a variety of employment opportunities including working in community mental health centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, HMOs, private practice and other primary and tertiary settings. Graduates are prepared for direct care as well as for leadership and consultative roles.

Here are video streams of 3 PMHNP alumni profiles - discover why they chose to become PMHNPs, what they are doing now and how the UW PMHNP program prepared them for their current occupations.


Rebecca Allen, ARNP

PMHNP Alumnus Profile: Rebecca AllenPMHNP Alumnus Profile: Rebecca AllenBrief Bio: Rebecca came to the UW PMHNP program with 20 years of experience as a psychologist, working primarily with children/adolescents but also with older adults. Approximately 10 years ago, while consulting in nursing homes, she realized she wanted to pursue medical training and was interested in obtaining prescriptive authority. Rebecca researched various training programs and appreciated nursing’s “holistic” approach. Because she did not have a nursing background, she studied to become a Registered Nurse and applied to the UW PMHNP program. Currently, Rebecca works as a primary care ARNP and psychologist at the Child Study and Treatment Center in Tacoma.

Click HERE to view the entire video interview (approximately 16 minutes) or view by topic area (1-2 minutes each, on average):


Kathleen Lange, ARNP

PMHNP Alumnus Profile: Kathleen LangePMHNP Alumnus Profile: Kathleen LangeBrief Bio: Kathleen came to the UW PMHNP Post-Masters Certificate program having graduate from the University of Washington with a BSN in 1982 and an MN in 1990. She practiced many years as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner prior to obtain certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is currently employed as a Nurse Practitioner in school based Teen Clinics in Seattle Schools. She has previous employment at Group Health Adolescent Center, Compass Health in Everett, and Group Health Cooperative primary care clinics.

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Barb Nolet, ARNP

PMHNP Alumnus Profile: Barb NoletPMHNP Alumnus Profile: Barb NoletBrief Bio: Barb came to the UW PMHNP program with a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology. She began her nursing career in hospital critical care, with over 8 years as a staff nurse and manager. She also has over 12 years of management and consulting experience in infectious diseases and the outpatient infusion industry. Barb is now a Board Certified PMHNP, with special interest in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her plans include building a private practice in the Gig Harbor area, as well as working as an outpatient psychiatric provider for active duty soldiers and their families at Madigan Army Medical Center. She is currently a counselor for Viet Nam era combat veterans in Sequim, WA and teaches in Seattle Pacific University's RN-BSN program. Barb's peers and professors selected her as the 2006 recipient of the Master's Humanitarian award based on her time as a member of the Surgeon General's volunteer medical relief team serving survivors of Hurricane Katrina, as well as her contribution as a mentor to other students in the UW PMHNP program. She describes her greatest achievement to be her children – Sam, a 21-year-old college senior and Jon, a 17-year-old high school senior.

Click HERE to view the entire video interview (approximately 19 minutes) or view by topic area (1-2 minutes each, on average):