Psychiatric Nurse Career Guide

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Overview

A Psychiatric Registered Nurse (RN) specializes in providing care to individuals with mental health disorders. They work closely with patients of all ages, assessing their mental health, providing therapeutic interventions, administering medications, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Job functions in this specialty include conducting mental health assessments, administering and monitoring medications, providing

Education

To become a Psychiatric RN, you need to start by earning a nursing degree. The most common path is to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which typically takes four years to complete. Nursing programs are offered by universities, colleges, and vocational schools. Coursework includes anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, nursing theory, and clinical rotations. After completing

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Related certifications

To apply for a position as a Psychiatric RN, certain requirements must be met. These typically include having an active RN license from the state in which you plan to practice. Some employers may require or prefer a certain level of experience in psychiatric or mental health nursing, such as working in a psychiatric facility or completing a psychiatric nursing

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Skills

To succeed as a Staff or Travel Psychiatric RN, you need a combination of knowledge, hard and soft skills, and abilities. A strong understanding of mental health disorders, psychiatric medications, and evidence-based treatment modalities is essential. Compassion and empathy are crucial for building therapeutic relationships with patients and providing emotional support. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are vital

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Responsibilities

Psychiatric RNs have a range of responsibilities associated with their role. They assess patients' mental health status, including conducting interviews and evaluations to gather relevant information. They develop and implement individualized care plans, incorporating therapeutic interventions and medications as needed. Psychiatric RNs provide counseling and support to patients, utilizing various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychoeducation. They monitor

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Psychiatric Nurse
$1,587-2,512/week

The average salary for a Psychiatric Nurse is $2,069.06 per week.

Last updated on July 22, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Psychiatric RN offers numerous benefits and challenges. Some advantages of this profession include the opportunity to make a significant impact on individuals' mental health, build therapeutic relationships, and contribute to the improvement of their overall well-being. Psychiatric RNs often have the opportunity to work in diverse settings such as hospitals, psychiatric facilities, community mental health centers, and schools.

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Psychiatric Nurse Jobs


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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Rochester, NY
  • PHP
  • 4x12 hrs, Flexible

$3,586/week

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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Sitka, AK
  • Next Move Inc
  • 4x10 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$3,168/week

Posted 6 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health

  • Sitka, AK
  • GetMed Staffing, Inc.
  • 4x10 hrs, Days

$3,168/week

Posted 6 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Medical Lake, WA
  • Supplemental Health Care
  • Referral Bonus

$3,067/week

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