What is an APRN?
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a highly trained nurse with at least six years of post-secondary education. An APRN typically starts their practice as a registered nurse (RN) and then goes on to complete rigorous graduate studies, either a Masters or Doctorate of Nursing, focusing on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions within their specialty. Upon completion of studies, APRNs are required to pass a national certification exam in order to be licensed in their state. All fifty states have granted APRNs the authority to write prescriptions and are able to bill insurance companies for their services. In more than 22 states and Washington DC, APRNs have full practice autonomy with more states changing legislation to allow for this.
Darin Principe, APRN is board certified as both a psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He originally worked in Italy and Germany after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in International Affairs for both FSU and the US Army as well as an English teacher and photographer. After many years abroad, he returned to the US and received his BSN in nursing from the University of Miami and worked as a cardiac nurse. He then went on to his MSN degree at the University of Central Florida and completed a post-graduate residency in rural health at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Central Washington working in the migrant farm worker community. While working in deployment medicine at Fort Hood for the Department of Defense he decided to specialize in mental health and completed a post-masters program from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and trained for a year in the department of psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. Along with his private practice, he works for the VA outpatient mental health clinic providing psychiatric care to the Veteran population. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Darin is credentialed by the ANCC and AANP.
My first and primary goal in treatment is to get to know you and understand your story in order to individualize the treatment plan. As your provider, I can help you make informed decisions regarding treatment and symptom management using the latest evidence-based recommendations. In my experience working in family practice, prescribing a medication or multiple medications to treat diabetes or hypertension would only do so much and without other interventions, such as changes in diet, exercise and sleep habits the results were less than optimal. The same holds true in mental health. I have found in my practice that medication can be extremely helpful and very beneficial to the client for many mental health diagnoses but that greater success comes from a multi-modal approach and that there are other effective tools as well, including psychotherapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplementation.
Education & Credentials
Post-Graduate PMHNP Residency Salt Lake City VA Health Care System - Salt Lake City, UT
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Post - Masters PMHNP - Edinburg, TX
Texas Tech UHSC NP/PA Program in Psychiatry - Lubbock, Texas
YVFWC Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Residency Training - Yakima, WA
University of Central Florida - Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner - Orlando, FL
University of Miami - Bachelor of Science Nursing - Coral Gables, FL
Florida State University - Bachelor of Arts International Affairs - Tallahassee, FL
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, ANCC
Family Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, AANP
Certified Addiction Registered Nurse - Advance Practice (CARN-AP)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association - Member
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Member