Psychiatric Nurses

Psychiatric nurses focus on mental health. This includes the prevention of mental illness and the maintenance of good mental health, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. They care for pediatric, teenage, adult, and elderly patients who may have a broad spectrum of mentally and emotionally related medical needs. In addition to providing individualized nursing care, psychiatric nurses serve as consultants, conduct research, and work in management and administrative positions in institutions and corporations.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs), Psychiatric Registered Nurses
Duties Provide mental-health and psychiatric care to patients
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience One to three years' experience as a staff nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Psychiatric Nurse Manager or Educator
  • Psychiatric Nurse Manager or Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
  • Experienced Psychiatric Nurse
  • Entry-Level Psychiatric Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (General Care)

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