Providing convenient and compassionate behavioral healthcare services to patients across the state of Arizona
PHONE NUMBER FOR BOTH LOCATIONS: 602-441-2778
FOR APPOINTMENTS EMAIL US AT firstname.lastname@example.org
11201 N Tatum Blvd, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85028
3160 N Arizona Ave, Suite 109
Chandler, AZ 85225
Our Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is
Laura Hickman, MSN, RN, FPMHNP-BC. NP Hickman is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Saint Louis University, and is in the process of completing her Doctoral of Nursing Practice degree. She has five years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in Community Mental Health with all ages as well as in Long Term Care/Assisted Living Centers and 15+ years as a Registered Nurse working as a Director of Nursing, an Executive Director for an Assisted Living facility, Public Health Nursing, and Hospital-based nursing in Intensive Care and Inpatient Psychiatry.
She is active in several organizations and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association. She has also preceptored University of Arizona and Arizona State University Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students and has served on a provider panel for a pharmaceutical company.
NP Hickman has a wide variety of experience with behavioral health diagnosis' and has worked in complex settings for clients of all ages and illnesses. She excels at assessing, diagnosing, performing psychiatric evaluations, and utilizing medication management while focusing on the whole-person. She is compassionate, ethical, and relies on evidence-based treatments, as well as maintaining supportive relationships with her clients.
NP Hickman services clients via telemedicine in live time, or in face-to face visits in two locations in Arizona, Phoenix or Chandler, for ages six through the lifespan. Our Chandler location is housed alongside a Neuropsychologist and a school-based Psychologist to serve those families who are struggling with the academic settings.
In brief, telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology in real time. This includes a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media.
The patient Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the telemedicine connection are HIPAA compliant, encrypted, and secure.
Our focus is to help ALL individuals, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality, to heal, become aware of their inner strengths, and meet their treatment goals. We achieve this by providing individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management.
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Our provider uses evidenced-based practice treatments and is well versed in utilizing the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to diagnose a variety of conditions. She prides herself in specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders.
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are governed by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) consensus model—a set of regulations outlining the preparation, accredited education, licensure, and certification required prior to becoming independent practitioners. According to the consensus model, “all APRNs are educationally prepared to provide a scope of services across the health wellness-illness continuum as defined by nationally recognized role and population-focused competencies.”
There is abundant evidence that NPs provide high quality healthcare. In fact, AANP’s Quality of NP Practice article summarizes evidence that patients under NPs have higher satisfaction, fewer unnecessary ER visits, fewer hospital readmissions, and fewer preventable hospitalizations compared to patients under physicians.
We pride ourself on flexible appointment times, getting you in as soon as possible, and from the comfort of your own home if you chose. Our provider is committed to servicing her clients in the most discreet and quickest way possible, and can usually get you in within 1-2 days--a rare find in psychiatric treatment. Because of this flexibility, we are unable to offer insurance claim benefits at this time.
The initial evaluation
This is a full psychiatric evaluation and covers your history from prenatal to present time. This occurs at your first appointment, and if necessary, with change of condition and usually lasts about 60 minutes. Medication is prescribed, if necessary, at this time.
Please bring past records if applicable.
This is a follow up appointment that covers medication efficacy, change of medications, or follow up for refills. Appointments are made more frequently in the beginning, but once stable occurs usually every few months.
Therapy is provided on a case by case basis