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I am completing my Doctor of Nursing practice degree. My goal is to become a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated in May of 2014 from Austin Peay State University with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I completed an 18-week RN residency program on the Medical-Oncology unit at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. I have been working on this unit for 3.5 years. During this time, I chaired the Quality Practice and Patient safety committee. Currently, I am a registered nurse preceptor and mentor for new nurses who are completing or have completed the residency program I once attended. Every nurse has seen the disparities present in our healthcare system, especially in the psychiatric/mental health area. Stigma, lack of access to care, and provider shortage contribute to the increasing number of patient’s suffering from undiagnosed or untreated behavioral health disorders. This is what prompted me to focus on psychiatry as an Advanced Practice Nurse. After three-years of seeing the same inequity, I knew that if I wanted things to change then I needed to change them. When I started this journey, I was unsure of what I wanted to do for my DNP scholarly project until I learned about the Primacy Care Behavioral Health model. This integrated model facilitates the collaboration between a primary care provider and a behavioral health provider in the primary care setting. My DNP project is a workforce readiness intervention focusing on the Implementation an Integrated Care Nurse Practitioner residency program.