Barbara Clinkenbeard, MS, NP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
I grew up in South Sioux City, NE and went to College of St. Mary for my undergraduate degree. I received two graduate degrees from Creighton: a Master of Science to become a Nurse Practitioner and a Master of Education to be a Clinical Nursing Specialist, educating all levels of nurses. I also completed a post-graduate fellowship in Psycho-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York
I specialize in Medical Psychiatry with an emphasis in Psycho-Oncology, a subspecialty of psychiatry that addresses the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of going through cancer. I work with patients age 19 and older. When someone has a medical diagnosis, there is a focus on the physical treatment of that illness. I am passionate about medical psychiatry as it includes addressing the patient as a whole. How are you coping with your illness? Who in your life is affected by this illness? As a nurse practitioner, I assess your needs, prescribe medication to treat symptoms (if appropriate), and help you with a treatment plan to improve the quality of your life.
I bring 25 years of experience caring for and treating patients with a variety of chronic illnesses—cancer, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, multiple chronic illnesses in one patient. When you come to see me you will not experience the stereotypical psychiatry visit. You can expect to be heard by me, and you can count on compassion and understanding. I find it a privilege to get to know my patients and be a partner in the path to improving the quality of their lives.
Areas of Practice
- Adult Psychiatry
- Medical Psychiatry (persons living with medical disease who need medication management and therapy to cope)
- Medication management
- Family members coping with a loved one who has cancer
- Chronic and acute mental illness