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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Also called: Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist), Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMH Nurse)

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Mental Health Nurse

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:
  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.


  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


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: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after master's
usually needed

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