Donna L. PooleI am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in helping other providers to be more effective in their practice. Along the road to recovery, patients will often have behavioral, biologic, situational or even iatrogenic stumbling blocks that interfere with their progress. It takes a skilled provider to help patients figure out how to navigate life’s highways. I have adopted some approaches and methods to help my patients, and I would like to share some of those strategies with you.

I lecture on topics such as:

  • Patients with psychiatric disorders who do not know they are ill (Anosognosia)
  • Patients who present indirectly with co-occurring substance use disorders (“med seekers”)
  • Patients with psychiatric disorders who cannot afford their medications (generic prescribing)

Topics in development include:

  • Helping patients to cope with Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Distinguishing, diagnosing, and treating patients with personality disorders

I also write on topics of interest to me in my personal journey on the planet. To be in the best place to help others, it is critical to be conscious of one’s own issues. To that end, I strive to be present in the moment and to be mindful of my affect on others. Writing is one strategy by which I work toward the goal.