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Karan Kverno: Faculty Directory

Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Karan Kverno
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Strengthening the capacity of primary care nurse practitioners to provide integrated mental health care will improve the workforce, not only in hospitals where patients have complex co-morbid conditions, but also in rural and underserved areas such as southern Maryland and other designated mental health care shortage areas.

Karan Kverno leads the accelerated Post-graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program designed to build a workforce of dually certified NPs who can provide integrated mental health care. Dr. Kverno is a practicing PMHNP who provides comprehensive psychiatric care to medically ill hospitalized patients, outpatients, and nursing home residents. Her expertise and scholarship focus on advanced practice education, mental healthcare delivery in designated workforce shortage areas, and identification and treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in elders with dementia. Dr. Kverno serves on local and national committees related to psychiatric nursing and rural mental health care and serves as the faculty liaison to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Student Interest Group at the School of Nursing. Whether psychiatric nurses are practicing at the basic or advanced level, she believes they are essential to helping people cope with the stress of illness and recover to maximum functioning. She has dedicated over 18 years to psychiatric nursing education and is always enthusiastic to develop the next generation of nurses and other health professionals who will deliver high-quality mental health care.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

integrated health care; advanced practice nursing education; psychiatric mental health nursing; improving quality of life for persons with dementia
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