I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), dually Board Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP), and licensed by the State of Connecticut to diagnose, treat, and medicate adult psychiatric-mental health conditions.
A 1981 graduate of the Yale University School of Nursing, I have been in private practice since 2003, with previous experience at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the VA Medical Center West Haven, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Milford Mental Health Clinic (now Bridges), and homecare agencies in the New Haven area.
Answers to FAQs:
>> APRNs have a Master's degree in Nursing, are Board Certified by a national organization that validates credentials and administers a standardized examination, and then licensed by the State and the DEA.
>> Psychiatric clinicians have varied training, licenses, and roles. My role as an APRN overlaps with that of a Psychiatric Social Worker (LCSW), Alcohol/Drug Counselor (LADC), Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Psychologist (PhD or PsyD), and Psychiatrist (MD). All of us are trained to do psychotherapy. Only Psychiatrists and APRNs can prescribe. Only Psychologists can do neuro/psychological testing. All of us practice according to State and Federal laws.
>> As a nurse, my practice is informed by specific, unique theory. This is how nursing theorist Virginia Henderson (1897-1996), defined nursing:
"The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that (s)he would perform unaided if (s)he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge."
>> Waskiewicz is pronounced "Waa-ska-wits". I use "Amity Mental Health" because it is easier to remember and spell than "Waskiewicz".
>> I am an Advanced Practice Nurse, not a doctor. I am pleased to be addressed as "Nurse" or "Nurse Waskiewicz" or just plain "Cheryl".
>> I am the mother of two adult children. My daughter is a musician, ethnomusicologist, and educator. My son is a mechanical engineer.