Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner takes care of patients diagnosed with mental disorders and behavioral problems.

HIGH DEMAND

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are highly sought after due to a growing demand for mental health services across the US.

Source: Regis College, Aug 2018

Required education
MSN
Attributes
Higher Salary
Earn more for by having advanced skills and responsibilities.
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice in some states.
Managerial
Oversee other nurses and help improve healthcare for all.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll use a combination of therapy and medicine to treat patients, prescribing medication for mental illness and acting as a therapist to those who need counseling.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Assessment

You’ll evaluate and diagnose developmental issues, trauma, neurological dysfunction and other psychological disorders.

Collaboration

You’ll work with doctors to track progress and change care plans when needed.

Counseling

You’ll help patients who’ve suffered trauma, been abused, or been the victim of a crime.

Documentation

You’ll record a patient’s medical and psychiatric history, and progress after each appointment or session.

Education

You’ll teach the patient’s family about their condition and how to react in certain circumstances.

Support

You’ll counsel patients and family members, individually or in groups.

Where you'll work
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health clinics
  • Your own practice
Hear what Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have to say
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  • The role of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Candy, PhD, RN, NPP, tells us how rewarding it is to be a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

How to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

04

Get your Board Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

05

You’re ready to work as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

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