Travel Mental Health Nurse Jobs

Mental health nurses, also called psychiatric mental health (PMH) nurses, are registered nurses who specialize in caring for patients of all ages with mental health, psychiatric, or behavioral disorders. They work closely with their patients, forming strong therapeutic relationships and striving to help them manage their mental illnesses and improve their quality of life. According to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, PMH nursing is the fastest growing non-physician specialty in healthcare.

Mental health nursing is a top recruited specialty on Vivian with hundreds of jobs for mental health nurses available at premiere facilities around the country.

We currently have 1,608 matching Mental Health Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Staten Island, New York
Cross Country Nurses
7 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$5,475/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Staten Island, New York
Cross Country Nurses
7 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$5,475/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Glen Oaks, New York
Cross Country Nurses
7 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$5,475/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Glen Oaks, New York
Cross Country Nurses
7 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$5,475/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Plainview, New York
Cross Country Nurses
7 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$5,465/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Seattle, Washington
Stability Healthcare
5 hours ago
$3,502/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Seattle, Washington
Stability Healthcare
5 hours ago
$3,502/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Seattle, Washington
Stability Healthcare
5 hours ago
$3,502/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Seattle, Washington
Stability Healthcare
5 hours ago
$3,502/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Seattle, Washington
Stability Healthcare
5 hours ago
$3,502/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Montgomery, Alabama
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,750/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Savannah, Georgia
Jackson Nurse Professionals
5 hours ago
A new PSYCH position is open for Registered Nurses with experience caring for patients with mental disabilities or disorders, enabling them to function and lead a normal life, for ...
$2,570/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Atlanta, Georgia
Jackson Nurse Professionals
5 hours ago
A new PSYCH position is open for Registered Nurses with experience caring for patients with mental disabilities or disorders, enabling them to function and lead a normal life, for ...
$2,570/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Atlanta, Georgia
Jackson Nurse Professionals
5 hours ago
A new PSYCH position is open for Registered Nurses with experience caring for patients with mental disabilities or disorders, enabling them to function and lead a normal life, for ...
$2,570/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Louisville, Kentucky
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,346/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,245/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Carmichael, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
$1,755/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
The University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, Vermont
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
$1,639/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Burlington, Vermont
TotalMed Staffing
5 hours ago
$1,550/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lifepoint Bolivar Medical Center
Cleveland, Mississippi
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
$1,400/wk
Travel contract
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What are the best agencies for Mental Health Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Mental Health Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (366), Coast Medical Service (287), and Accountable Healthcare Staffing (209).

What hospitals currently have Mental Health Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most Mental Health Nurse jobs are SSM Health DePaul Hospital- Saint Louis (28 jobs), Eastern State Hospital (22 jobs), and Rochester Psychiatric Center (15 jobs).

What does a Mental Health nurse do?

PMH nurses provide care to patients with mental health issues, psychiatric disorders, or behavioral problems. These issues can encompass a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, acute grief, personality disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, dementia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and psychoses. Some of the common duties for mental health nurses include:

  • Assessing the mental health needs of individuals, groups, families, and communities

  • Developing a nursing diagnosis and treatment plan

  • Providing personal care and psychotherapy services

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of treatment

  • Administering medications, but not prescribing them

  • Assessing the effectiveness and side effects of prescribed medications

  • Providing crisis interventions and employing de-escalation techniques if necessary

  • Collaborating with doctors and other health professionals

  • Supporting and educating patients and their families

  • Maintaining patients’ medical records

Where do Mental Health nurses work?

Mental health nurses can work in a wide range of settings, including a variety of inpatient and outpatient facilities. These facilities may include the mental health wards of hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, or local, state, or federal mental health facilities. They may also work at substance abuse treatment centers, correctional facilities, home healthcare organizations, or schools for individuals with mental or emotional issues.

What skills make a good Mental Health nurse?

Mental health nurses have a solid foundation in the behavioral sciences and advanced knowledge of the treatment for various psychiatric disorders. They’re experts in mental health assessment and crisis intervention, including recognizing the signs of advancing mental illness. Superior communication and relationship building skills are especially important characteristics of a good mental health nurse, which includes giving and receiving verbal and non-verbal cues. Their attention to detail ensures meticulousness when administering psychopharmacologic drugs, monitoring patients taking these drugs, and educating patients about these drugs. Problem-solving, flexibility, and collaboration also top the list of desirable skills. 

How to become a Mental Health Travel Nurse

To begin a basic mental health nursing role, individuals must first become a registered nurse. This requires earning an associate degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program, taking and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, and completing all licensing requirements in the state of practice.

While certification isn’t required, many nurses choose to earn Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center to demonstrate superiority in the field. Most mental health travel nursing positions require one to two years of experience in a psychiatric setting. 

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
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$2,191/wk
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Augusta, Georgia
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18 days ago
A new PSYCH position is open for Registered Nurses with experience caring for patients with mental disabilities or disorders, enabling them to function and lead a normal life, for ...
$2,570/wk
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Augusta, Georgia
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18 days ago
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Westbrook, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
20 hours ago
Location: WESTBROOK, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in WESTBROOK, ME! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$3,643/wk
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Fairbanks, Alaska
Ardor Health Solutions
5 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Sanford, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
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$2,678/wk
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