Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship for new graduate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are interested in building upon their knowledge base in order to treat children and adolescents with complex psychiatric disorders.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to transforming the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Central Ohio. To this end, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program will train expert Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population. The program will accept two fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This fellowship program provides evidence-based practice curriculum and a variety of specialty clinical rotations, resulting in both breadth and depth of experience. Fellows will become well-rounded clinicians, engage in weekly educational sessions, and gain the knowledge and tools to improve patient care outcomes through participation in a Quality Improvement project.

national nurse practitioner residency and fellowship training consortium

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital was accredited by the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium in September 2019.

This program is first of its kind to be developed and accredited in the United States.

What You Need to Know

Program Mission Statement

Transform the delivery of pediatric mental health care through the expansion and development of expert psychiatric nurse practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population.

Program Goals

  • Provide advanced training for novice psychiatric nurse practitioners in order to achieve confidence, mastery and competency in all domains of practice when caring for children and adolescents with highly complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
  • Improve retention of child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioners at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
  • Investigate and integrate evidence-based care into clinical practice.
  • Develop the future child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner workforce to increase access to behavioral health services and improve quality care outcomes.
  • Develop clinical leadership skills to lead interprofessional teams and identify opportunities to promote quality patient care outcomes.
  • Develop and lead a quality improvement project to contribute new knowledge to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Program Objectives

  • Provide advanced psychopharmacology training to gain expertise in medication management of children and adolescents with co-morbid psychiatric and/or medical disorders.
  • Cultivate and develop clinical leadership skills through community education, care coordination and an evidence-based QI project.
  • Develop advanced assessment and diagnostic skills necessary to treat children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
  • Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development and promote an environment of respect, support and collaboration.

Clinical Rotations

During this one-year fellowship program, the psychiatric nurse practitioner fellow will develop their own caseload of patients in general psychiatry and complete clinical rotations in the following specialty areas:

Didactic Lectures

Weekly lectures will include the following topics:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment and diagnosis
  • Clinical leadership
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Care coordination
  • Psychotherapies
  • Quality Improvement Project Development

Application & Selection

Thank you for your interest in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship. The program will recruit two qualified fellows for 2020.


Applicants selected for employment in the program must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited Master’s PMHNP or DNP program within the past 12 months
  • Be licensed as an APRN in the state of Ohio
  • Hold a PMHNP certification through the ANCC
  • Hold a permanent DEA license
  • Commit to practice as a PMHNP at Nationwide Children’s for two years after completion of the fellowship program

PLEASE NOTE: One need not be fully licensed at the time of application; however, selected applicants must obtain all licenses before the start of the program.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Competitive benefit package
  • Paid time off
  • Financial support to attend national conference
  • License reimbursement
  • Access to wellness programs


The following items will be required to complete the application process:

If you wish to submit a hard copy of the application, please contact Devoni McDaniel for application and instructions.

Application Timeline and Interview Process

  • Application deadline is February 13, 2020 at 10 p.m. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted as outlined above
  • Interviews will take place in late March due to the opening of the Behavioral Health Pavilion
  • Positions will be offered in early May
  • Program start date: September 8, 2020

The application review team will consist of the fellowship program director,core faculty, and other members of the Behavioral Health team. Please contact the program coordinator with questions.

Core Faculty


For more information regarding the program, please contact:

Program Director
(614) 722-4190

Devoni McDaniel
Program Coordinator
(614) 722-2255