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Meet Fernet Benard-Mattis, Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Student

Fernet is the first international student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse (RN) in Jamaica. After spending time as an RN in Jamaica and finishing her Master’s degree, Fernet decided to further her education and enroll in the PMHNP program at Sinclair School of Nursing. Fernet recently completed a two-week rotation at the Thompson Center. 

Fernet’s objectives of her time at the Thompson Center included observing and understanding the diagnosis, assessment and treatments of patients here and learning about the different resources and services available to patients. Fernet’s next steps are working in an emergency room and completing other steps to finalize her training.  She will be finished with the program in May of 2022 and hopes to work in an inpatient hospital setting.