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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 1,053 matching Mental Health Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral HealthTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Trinity Health FirstChoice
10 days ago
Every other weekend
$3,160/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lewiston, Maine
Ethos Medical Staffing
a month ago
$2,994/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral HealthTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County
Brooklyn, New York
TotalMed Staffing
3 days ago
$2,982/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Salem, Oregon
American Mobile Healthcare
9 days ago
Job Description & RequirementsPsychiatric Nurse - (Psych RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 10 D Pay Rate: $2759.93 - 3041.55Required QualificationsOregon RNCurrently facili ...
$2,900/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Devens, Massachusetts
Synergy Medical Staffing
6 days ago
$2,856/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$2,604/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$2,604/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Detroit, Michigan
American Mobile Healthcare
a day ago
Job Description & RequirementsPsychiatric Nurse - (Psych RN)StartDate: ASAP Pay Rate: $2261.08 - 2491.80Common Diagnosis/Treatment: behavioral health # of Beds: 19 Nurse to Pat ...
$2,376/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Concord, Massachusetts
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$2,212/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Danbury, Connecticut
Host Healthcare
8 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Danbury, CT. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #550851 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
$2,129/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$1,991/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Concord, New Hampshire
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$1,991/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Memphis, Tennessee
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Memphis, TN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #549958 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
$1,844/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Atlanta, Georgia
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Atlanta, GA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #550796 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
$1,675/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Fremont, Nebraska
Synergy Medical Staffing
a day ago
$1,562/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Oswego Hospital
Oswego, New York
Mynela Staffing
21 hours ago
$1,556/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Rome Health
Rome, New York
Mynela Staffing
a day ago
$1,513/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Hyannis, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
12 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsPsychiatric Nurse - (Psych RN)StartDate: 06/01/2021Available Shifts: 8 E Pay Rate: $1288.99 - 1420.52This outstanding Psychiatric unit, based in ...
$1,354/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Newport Beach, California
American Mobile Healthcare
a day ago
Job Description & RequirementsPsychiatric Nurse - (Psych RN)StartDate: 05/24/2021Available Shifts: 8 E Pay Rate: $1286.99 - 1418.31This outstanding Behavioral Health unit, bas ...
$1,352/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PsychiatricAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
American Mobile Healthcare
a day ago
Job Description & RequirementsPsychiatric Nurse - (Psych RN)StartDate: 06/07/2021Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $1069.39 - 1178.51This outstanding Psychiatric unit, based in ...
$1,123/wk
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Mental Health Nurse FAQs

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 (150), TotalMed Staffing (137), and Host Healthcare (121).

What hospitals currently have Mental Health Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most Mental Health Nurse jobs are Eastern State Hospital (34 jobs), SSM Health DePaul Hospital- Saint Louis (22 jobs), and JFK Medical Center - North Campus (11 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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U.S. Virgin Islands: Location Guide

Posted on Apr 07, 2021
The island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.), is a haven for turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and water sports of all kinds. The weather borders on perfect with mild temps year round, and an ocean breeze that keeps you cool at night. St. Thomas is also a hot spot for travel nurses!…
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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…

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Nurse First
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Pueblo, Colorado
Nurse First
21 days ago
$2,953/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
New York, New York
Host Healthcare
6 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Duluth, Minnesota
Skyline Med Staff Nursing
6 days ago
$2,772/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brooklyn, New York
Stability Healthcare
11 days ago
$3,031/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County
Brooklyn, New York
TotalMed Staffing
11 days ago
$2,982/wk
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Host Healthcare
19 days ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Greenfield, MA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #528028 Why choose Host Healthc ...
$2,835/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lewiston, Maine
Host Healthcare
19 days ago
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry position in Lewiston, ME. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #531244 Why choose Host Healthcar ...
$2,948/wk
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
a month ago
$2,820/wk
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital
Pinehurst, North Carolina
TotalMed Staffing
a month ago
$2,889/wk
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lewiston, Maine
Stability Healthcare
a month ago
$2,849/wk
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