Debra Moore Richardson, MSN, RN, CNS, a Registered Nurse & a Child Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Get to know Registered Nurse & Child Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Debra Moore Richardson, who serves patients in Albany, Georgia.

As a registered nurse and a child adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, Debra is currently serving patients in Albany, Georgia. Having been in nursing for the long run, she attributes her successful career to being an advocate for her patients, nursing students, and the mental health community in general. 

Her acclaimed career in nursing began in 1974 when she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Wanting to further her education, she then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton in 1984. 

She remains at the forefront of her challenging specialty via memberships with prestigious professional societies and associations. As a result, she is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Georgia Nurses Association, and the Georgia Association for Nursing Education. 

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.

A child adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse who works with children and adolescents with psychiatric problems, focusing on the individual client/patient with any presenting health problem. The advanced practice role is aimed at early intervention and treatment of children with mental illness, and includes the use of a wide range of psychotherapeutic skills (e.g., individual, family, and group therapy). The child adolescent psychiatric mental health CNS practices in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and a variety of other settings such as clinics, schools, community agencies, day treatment facilities, and public health departments.

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