Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (Psychiatric CNS), Psychiatric NP (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner)

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Mental Health Nurse
What they do:
Assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.
On the job, you would:
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status, based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.


Math and Science

  • psychology
  • biology


  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software

  • Invivo Data EPX ePRO Management System
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Medical software

  • Medical condition coding software
  • Zung Depression Rating Scale

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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