Cherene Black, APRN-CNS

Medication Management provider / Prescriber

Kay Cherene Black is an Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in psychiatry.  In plain language it means she has a passion for treating people with mental health issues.

“Cherene” as her family and friends call her has been in the field of nursing since age 16. She got started as a nurse aide in the small hospital in her home town. She quickly learned she liked listening to the stories of the people she was caring for while helping them with their physical needs. Her love for nursing was born.  While she was attending nursing school, she worked as a nurse aide at a larger hospital. One day while on duty, she was called to go to the mental health unit as the nurse aide had been injured. From the moment she entered that unit, she felt at home. She had found her niche.

After working as a RN for several years and being told she should have been a doctor, she realized she wanted to be able to do more for the people. On to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma where she graduated as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist. Back then, prescribing was not part of the curriculum but that changed when she moved to New Mexico. She became involved with the legislature and helped New Mexico became the first state allowing APRN-CNSs to obtain prescriptive authority. After completing post-graduate requirements and supervised prescribing hours, she finally was able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the whole person with a level of caring about the whole person.

Throughout her journeys in nursing, she has been known as the person who talks with everyone. She has had the pleasure of teaching nursing, working with both in-patient and out-patient facilities, doing private practice and the greatest honor she believes was working with veterans and Native Americans. She is known amongst her patients, family and friends as a person who really cares and speaks the truth.  One of her veteran clients’ stated “I became part of her circle. She really cares”. 

Client Types: Available for adults, and children 12+ (will also treat children younger than 12 for ADHD only)

Areas of expertise: ADHD, Agoraphobia, Anger Management, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Borderline personality, Career Stress, Coping Skills, Depression, Family conflict, Grief/Loss, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ Affirming / sexual identity, Men’s Issues, Mid-life issues, Moms and caregivers, Mood disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic & Phobias, Personality disorders, PTSD, Relationships, School Issues, Self-Esteem / empowerment, Stress Management, Substance Issues, Transgender affirming, Trauma, Women’s Issues

Education:

Certification- American Nurses Credentialing Center

Master’s in Graduate studies for prescriptive authority
University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM

Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Specialist
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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