Patience Morikang, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Patience is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who treats her patients’ symptoms across the lifespan to provide relief from health conditions such as depression and other mood disorders.

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More about Patience Morikang, PMHNP

Patience began showing interest in psychiatry while in Nursing school. She was passionate about helping mental health patients at clinical rotations, especially when others were more reluctant. She gradually realized that this was her calling as she was drawn more and more to this population. She became dedicated to being part of changing the stigma surrounding mental health struggles and wanted to be a part of treating their symptoms. She pursued a higher degree to be able to provide a higher level of care and create a positive impact on mental health.

In working with her patients, Patience is highly collaborative and starts by listening to what the patient has to say. She works in tandem with the patient to come up with the best possible treatment for their symptoms in a nonjudgmental way. She provides her patients with tools to cope with daily stressors and hopes her patients stay actively involved in their health through communication with her as they work towards relief and recovery from their suffering.

Patience has learned that not all patients respond to antidepressants and/or talk therapy alone. She appreciates both Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray as alternatives for patients who have not responded to other treatments. Both of these treatments are FDA-approved and noninvasive, offering potential healing when other forms of therapy have not provided sufficient relief from the symptoms of depression.

Personal Interests

Patience likes living in the Central Valley, where she is in close proximity to other cities such as San Francisco, Stockton, and San Jose. She appreciates the accessibility to healthcare, work, and schools. Outside of work, she spends her time with family and friends. For self-care, she dances Zumba twice weekly.

Education & Experience

Patience received her Associate Degree in Nursing from the Suncoast College of Health in Bradenton, FL.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Sacramento, CA.

Her diverse nursing experience included serving at Hillview Convalescent Hospital in Gilroy, CA, where she coordinated care and helped manage the psychiatric unit. She also worked at Maxim Health Care Services in Sacramento, where she took care of pediatric, geriatric, and psychiatric clients, monitoring behaviors and safety checks as well as managing medication administration.

Psychiatric-specific care included working at Heritage Oaks Hospital in Sacramento, where, as Charge Nurse, she cared for patients from admission to discharge, handling assessments, helping with care plans, protecting and managing the safety of patients as well as training other nurses. At Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento, Patience worked as the Charge Nurse in the Psychiatric Department, providing Patient Assessments, admissions, Discharge, Medication administration, care plans coordination, and communication with the treatment team. Most recently, she worked as a registered nurse at the John George Psychiatric Hospital in San Leandro, CA, where she cared for a wide breadth and depth of patients who needed treatment for their mental health.

Wanting to further her career and offer more services to her patients, she received her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University,

Certifications & Memberships

  • Certified, Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Certified, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

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