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Travel Psychiatric Nurse Jobs

Psychiatric nurses, also called mental health nurses, specialize in caring for patients of all ages who are experiencing mental illness or distress. Psych nurses may treat a variety of mental illnesses or focus on specific age groups or disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, dementia, substance abuse, or eating disorders. They’re experts in crisis intervention and work closely with their patients to help them manage their mental illnesses and live fulfilling lives.

Psychiatric RN Salary

According to PayScale, the average annual salary of a psychiatric RN is $65,671. This works out to an average weekly salary of $1,263 or $31.58 per hour in a 40-hour work week. Psychiatric travel nurses earn an average weekly salary of $1,633, per Vivian’s 2019 data. Besides their taxed salary, travel psych nurses may benefit from tax-free stipends, if they claim a permanent tax-home, including housing allowances and per diems for meals.

We currently have 991 matching Psychiatric Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brooklyn, New York
Stability Healthcare
a day ago
$3,031/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Lewiston, Maine
Ethos Medical Staffing
17 days ago
$2,994/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County
Brooklyn, New York
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
$2,982/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Elgin, Illinois
MSSI
4 days ago
2 start times with every other weekend and Holiday rotation. Elgin, IL is seeking a Behavioral health RN with an asap start. Must have a minimum of 2 year's experience in specialty ...
$2,937/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Host Healthcare
9 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
Danbury, Connecticut
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$2,044/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Saint Louis, Missouri
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$2,043/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
New Haven, Connecticut
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$2,019/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Boise, Idaho
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,913/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Northridge, California
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,899/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,896/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Springfield, Missouri
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,859/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,839/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Rapid City, South Dakota
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,755/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Elkins, West Virginia
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,699/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Beckley, West Virginia
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,692/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Helena, Montana
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,641/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Rockville, Maryland
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,615/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Dothan, Alabama
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,587/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
West Plains, Missouri
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
$1,523/wk
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Psychiatric Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have Psychiatric Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most Psychiatric Nurse jobs are SSM Health DePaul Hospital- Saint Louis (21 jobs), Eastern State Hospital (15 jobs), and LewisGale Medical Center (12 jobs).

What are the best agencies for Psychiatric Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Psychiatric Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (140), Host Healthcare (139), and TotalMed Staffing (131).

How Much Do Psychiatric Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Friday, May 7th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Psychiatric Nurse is $1,769, but can pay up to $3,031 per week.

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  • min - $939
  • avg - $1,769
  • max - $3,031

What does a psychiatric nurse do?

Psychiatric RNs assess the mental health needs of individuals, which includes providing care based on treatment and nursing care plans, and educating and supporting patients, but doesn’t include counseling. Psychiatric RNs administer prescribed medications and assess their effectiveness and side effects, but they can’t prescribe medications. They also provide crisis intervention, complete new admissions’ paperwork, and ensure patient charts are complete. 

Psychiatric advanced practice RNs have expanded scopes of practice, which varies based on the state of practice. APRNs are more involved in the diagnosis and treatment plan creation process. They can also offer psychotherapy, including counseling individuals and leading therapeutic groups, and can prescribe medications in some states. Sometimes the roles of a psychiatric APRN overlaps with those of a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker.

Where do psychiatric nurses work?

Psych nurses have a wide array of work settings, including the mental health wards of community or general services hospitals or at psychiatric hospitals. They may also work at substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health centers, correctional facilities, schools for individuals with mental or emotional issues, and outpatient mental health organizations.

What skills make a good psychiatric nurse?

Psychiatric nurses must have a solid foundation in the behavioral sciences and extensive knowledge about medication effects and interactions. They must be experts in mental health assessment and crisis intervention, including recognizing the signs of deteriorating or advancing mental illness. Excellent interpersonal skills are crucial, which includes good verbal communication and active listening skills, and empathy. They must be detail oriented with excellent written communication skills to thoroughly and accurately chart patients. Critical thinking, multitasking, and teamwork also top the list of desirable skills.

How to become a Psychiatric Travel Nurse

Becoming a travel psychiatric nurse means fulfilling requirements to become a registered nurse, which includes earning an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program, passing the NCLEX-RN, completing all state licensing requirements, and earning Basic Life Support certification. Most travel psychiatric nursing positions require between one and two years of experience in a psychiatric setting. Psychiatric APRNs must earn a master’s degree. 

While not required, board certification can be helpful and obtained through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification requires two years full-time RN practice with a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice and 30 hours of continuing education in psychiatric nursing within three years.

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