Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jobs

People who work as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs) assess patients for physical and mental health concerns and conditions. As certified advanced practice nurses, Psychiatric NPs can diagnose patients based on assessment findings and offer treatment options. Interventions may include counseling, psychotherapy and the prescribing of medication. In addition to treating mental health conditions, Psychiatric NPs work with people dealing with grief, anger, family problems, and many other issues.

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Psychiatric NPs often work closely with other health professionals, creating an interdisciplinary treatment plan to ensure patients receive the many benefits of holistic treatment. Psychiatric NPs can meet with patients individually or in a group setting. Depending on their area of expertise, these practitioners may work in private practice, behavioral health clinics, residential treatment centers, or alongside general practitioners working with adults or children. Psychiatric NPs also work in public health and correctional facilities.

Depending on a Psychiatric NP’s chosen specialty, he or she may work with children, teens, geriatric patients, or other populations. Some specialize in specific psychiatric diagnoses or substance-abuse problems, while others offer family counseling services.

Many Psychiatric NPs are passionate about educating the public, often advocating to destigmatize mental-health diagnoses. Some work as consultants for corporations, healthcare companies or community groups. They provide resources and conduct regular research, always eager to learn and teach those around them.

Psychiatric NPs must have excellent communication and listening skills. These specialists should be emotionally stable, caring and conscientious with a desire to educate and solve often deep-rooted problems.

To become a Psychiatric NP, individuals must earn a master’s degree in nursing. Although many Psychiatric NPs choose to obtain a doctorate degree, it is not required. Master’s students must specialize in psychiatric nursing and go on to obtain a Registered Nurse license, as well as certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Some students opt to focus on specialized areas of study to work with children and adolescents, seniors or those struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders or other painful issues.

 

What are the Responsibilities for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners help assess the mental health needs of their patients. They create healthcare plans, start treatment and evaluate treatment effectiveness for short-term and long-term progress. They also perform patient assessments, including performing physicals, conduct family risk analysis, perform mental-health tests, order diagnostic exams, prescribe medication, arrange referrals as appropriate, and collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners serve as consultants for healthcare agencies, community groups, corporations, and other organizations. They educate patients, their families and the community on the challenges of mental healthcare. They also conduct original research and participate in conferences and other academic activities.

Where do Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Work?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners work in many different healthcare settings. They work for psychiatric hospitals, but also provide services at general medical and surgical hospitals. They work at nursing homes, long-term health care centers and for hospice agencies. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners frequently work in private practice, providing independent consultative services.

Many Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners work at mental-health clinics while others work for home healthcare agencies and hospices. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners also work at doctors’ offices and in ambulatory centers. Some work in substance abuse centers. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners work for universities, colleges and for local school systems. 

 

What Skills are Required in Nurse Practitioner Psychology?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners must possess analytical skills, with high-level understanding of how mental-health issues affect society. They must be critical thinkers who can assess the state of a patient’s mental health using evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. They must use strong communication skills and they need good listening skills with the ability to pay their full attention to patients.  

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners should be able to work with a diverse population and possess compassion for the circumstances of their patients. They should have a desire to educate colleagues, patients, families, and the community at large about mental-health issues to help address the stigma of mental illness. 

 

How Much Money Can You Make in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners earn a national median annual salary of $107,000, with those working in the 90th percentile earning $125,000. Those working in physician’s offices earn $105,500 per year while those who work for general medical or surgical hospitals make $111,000. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners working at colleges or universities earn $100,000 annually. Those working for government agencies typically earn $99,000 per year, with those working in community centers and substance abuse centers earning annual salaries of $90,000.

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