Pictured above is Derek Ratliff at the annual “game-a-thon” for Etralife Children’s Miracle Network. Instead of running, Derek and others raise funds by hosting events that children can participate in. 

This is the first of a recurring series highlighting our team members. Emerald acknowledges that not all clinicians and providers are best fit for some of our clients. We hope these spotlights will help individuals seek out specific providers when trying on counseling, psychiatry, or addiction treatment.

I believe that mental health care is and should be a normal part of navigating the human experience. We all have our own unique experiences, goals, and challenges. My ideal client is someone who is looking to navigate through these experiences and challenges together.
My specialty as a board certified Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner has uniquely prepared me to support my clients by bridging the gap between the mind and body. I am both a therapist and a prescriber who is eager to work alongside your existing therapist to provide the individualized care that everyone deserves.
Everyone deserves a provider who is willing to work alongside other experts to develop the best treatment plan. You are the expert on yourself and I would love to work with you on understanding your experiences, collaborating with you on your goals and needs, and developing and managing a plan of care that will enable and empower you to achieve your goal.

 

 

“[You are the expert on yourself]”

Everyone deserves a provider who is willing to work alongside other experts to develop the best treatment plan. You are the expert on yourself and I would love to work with you on understanding your experiences, collaborating with you on your goals and needs, and developing and managing a plan of care that will enable and empower you to achieve your goal. 

 

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Staff Spotlight 

 

Derek Ratliff, PMHNP-BC, MSN

Currently, I provide services as a Kentucky Board of Nursing Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at Emerald Therapy Center, LLC. My professional work experience is focused on providing clinical treatment in inpatient and outpatient facilities. I have the honor of assessing, diagnosing, and providing clinical services for children, teens, adults, and families. Previously, I served as a Registered Nurse in a rural hospital NICU and Pediatrics. In 2018 I was awarded the “Golden Rule” award for outstanding patient care and Physician’s Choice – “Nurse of the Year” .  I am the Vice President of Extra Life – Paducah Chapter of a non-profit organization that raises funding for critical treatment and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. 

Nursing Licensure

2020 Nurse Practitioner – KY (Active) #3015461 Exp. 10/21

2008 Registered Nurse – KY (Active) #1118080 Exp 10/21

Professional Certification

2020 Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC)

Educational History

2020 Masters of Science in nursing, Cum Laude

Frontier University, Hyden, KY

Primary Mental Health

2012 Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Indiana Wesleyan

2008 Associate Degree in Nursing

Freed Hardeman

 

Professional Experience

2008-2020 RN – Pediatrics, NICU, Clinical Analyst, RN staff educator

2020 Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 

 

As a PMHNP, I diagnose and prescribing medications for patients having psychiatric-mental health problems. As a licensed advanced practice nurse, I also am able to provide emergency psychiatric services, physical and psychosocial examination of their patients. I also develop and evaluate treatment plans and provide patient and staff education.

 

 

2008-2020 Staff Nurse

Paducah, KY

Monitored patient’s condition and assessing their needs to provide the best possible care and advice. Observing and interpreting patient’s symptoms and communicating them to physicians. Collaborating with physicians and nurses to devise individualized care plans for patients.

Additional Education and Training

PALS – (2008-2020) – provider

NRP – (2016-2020) – provider

BLS – (2008-2020) – provider

 

Community Service

“Lads to Leaders” Instructor

Lads to Leaders is a faith based leadership program that allows for adolescents to choose leadership skills that they would like to improve and receive classes, training, and mentorship on associated topics.

Extra Life – Vice President for Paducah Chapter

ExtraLife is a charity organization based in the gaming community that coordinates and hosts fundraising marathons annually. All proceeds go to provide for care and also to fund research for the Childrens Miracle Network

 

Honors and Awards

2018 “Golden Rule” – Award for Outstanding Patient Care 

2018 Physicians Choice Nurse of the Year 

2020 Kentucky Colonel 

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