Psychiatric Nurse

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Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialty within nursing. Psychiatric mental health registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assessing their mental health needs. The PMHN develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness. Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-APRNs) offer primary care services to the psychiatric-mental health population. PMH-APRNs assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using their full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. PMH-APRNs often own private practices and corporations as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and corporations.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) earn master’s or doctoral degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing. APRNs apply the nursing process to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals or families with psychiatric disorders and identify risk factors for such disorders. They also contribute to policy development, quality improvement, practice evaluation, and healthcare reform. Psychiatric mental health nursing (PMHN) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner is considered an advanced specialty in nursing. APRNs practice as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) or Nurse Practitioners (NPs). The doctoral degree for the advanced clinical practice of psychiatric nursing is the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). APRNs also earn additional degrees (PhD and EdD) which prepare them to work as professors, researchers, or administrators.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
13,961
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
17,055
Jobs Percentage Change: 
22.2%
Total Annual Openings: 
562
Growth Outlook: 
Less Favorable
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
RN-BC
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified you must: complete examination; hold a current, active RN license; have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse; have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in psychiatric and mental health nursing within the last 3 years, and complete 30 hours of continuing education in psychiatric and mental health nursing within the last 3 years.
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Long-Term Care Facility
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Integrated Team Member