Nurse practitioner Benn joins Sea Island Psychiatry

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Board-certified mental health nurse practitioner James Benn Jr. has rejoined thestaff at Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry, where he will work with board-certified psychiatrists Drs. Wynn Hill and John DeWitt, as well as fellow certified mental health nurse practitioner Margaret Benton and licensed social worker Patricia Rickenbacker.

Benn, a registered nurse with nearly 35 years of experience, holds a Master ofScience in Nursing from the University of North Dakota. A three-year veteran of the U.S. Army, he earned his Associate of Science degree in Nursing at Norfolk State University in Virginia and his Bachelor of Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Benn previously moved to the Lowcountry in 1986 to take a job at BMH, where he held positions as a staff nurse in the hospital and the mental health unit, and later as a nurse practitioner with Sea IslandPsychiatry. He has also been a critical care and emergency room nurse and, for the past two years, worked as a telemedicine mental health nurse practitioner in Arizona.

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