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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Also called: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse

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What they do:
Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.
On the job, you would:
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Zung Depression Rating Scale
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$66,220
per year, on average
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