About Whitney Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C

A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a nurse who has completed an advanced degree in order to provide behavioral health primary care across the lifespan. As a PMHNP, Whitney is able to bridge the gap that often exists between physical health and emotional health. She will diagnosis and treat behavioral health conditions, manage medications used to treat symptoms of behavioral health conditions, promote overall wellness, and advise on safety and efficacy of complimentary therapies and psychotherapy. Whitney has also completed the requirements necessary to offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder,

Whitney brings the rich experiences of a decade long career as a nurse in behavioral health/community health. During her career, she has gained knowledge and experience in helping individuals who encounter difficulty in gaining access to healthcare services. Whitney believes that patients already possesses the potential to reach their healthcare goals, and the provider is there help them to unlock that potential.

Education and Clinical Interests

Whitney completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis MO. Whitney’s clinical interests include trauma/stressor related disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, personality disorders and substance use disorders. Whitney has a particular personal and professional interest in the health of Indigenous people, particularly dealing with intergenerational trauma and trauma unique to boarding school survivors/descendants. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge, SD and a member of the Fargo Native American Commission.

Licensure and Memberships

Whitney is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and licensed to practice through the North Dakota Board of Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing.

Personal Interests and Activities

Whitney has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending cultural/spiritual events that keep her close to her Lakota roots and expressing herself through various creative outlets (drawing, painting, etc.). Born and raised in rural South Dakota, Whitney is very drawn to spending time outdoors and enjoys teaching her children to appreciate and respect the environment.