Helping New Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to Thrive

On episode 457 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith welcomes back psychiatric nurse practitioner Claire Ellerbrock, DNP, APRN, PMHNP. In the course of their conversation, Keith and Claire discuss the common challenges faced by new psych NPs, what Ms. Ellerbrock loves most about this particular role, what psych NP students fail to learn during their education, and how her services support these newly minted providers in thriving in life and professional practice.

Claire Ellerbrock is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Columbus, Ohio. Claire found that while her graduate program provided her with a degree to practice, she could have benefited from more clinical guidance to confidently enter practice treating complex patients. This realization led her to create Stress Free Psych NP, an online educational platform that guides both new and experienced psychiatric and family nurse practitioners to more confidently and competently treat their patients with mental health needs.

Claire’s flagship course, the Mental Disorders Crash Course, helps providers to more effectively diagnose and treat the most important mental disorders commonly encountered in practice. Her vision is to help empower all nurse practitioners with the knowledge needed to not only excel in practice, but do so with less stress along the way.

Passionate about health equity and providing quality mental health care to marginalized and under-served populations, Claire received her DNP from Kent State University, MSN from Case Western Reserve University, and BA in Psychology from Washington University in St Louis.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

The Nurse Keith Show is a proud member of The Health Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing collections of authoritative, high-quality podcasts taking on the tough topics in health and care with empathy, expertise, and a commitment to excellence. The podcast is adroitly produced by Rob Johnston of 520R Podcasting, and Mark Capispisan is our stalwart social media ringmaster and newsletter wrangler.

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