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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner CareersWhat is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP)?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners also known as Psychiatric NPs/Psych NPs or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), are registered nurses with advanced education and training in diagnosing and treating individuals with mental health conditions. They also help people dealing with difficult life circumstances, grief, and family issues. A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will address physical and mental health concerns, and offer treatment options based on in-depth physical and mental assessments. Interventions can include individual or group counseling, psychotherapy, and the prescribing of medication.

Psychiatric NPs often work closely with other health professionals, creating an interdisciplinary treatment plan to ensure patients receive the many benefits of holistic treatment. Psychiatric NPs can meet with patients individually or in a group setting. Depending on their area of expertise, these practitioners may work in private practice, behavioral health clinics, residential treatment centers, or alongside general practitioners working with adults or children. Psychiatric NPs also work in public health and correctional facilities.

Depending on a Psychiatric NP’s chosen specialty, he or she may work with children, teens, geriatric patients, or other populations. Some specialize in specific psychiatric diagnoses or substance-abuse problems, while others offer family counseling services.

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What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner responsible for?

As mental health specialists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are responsible for treating patients while spreading awareness about mental health issues and promoting overall wellness. They educate individuals, families, and communities in an effort to advocate for those affected by mental illness, and to destigmatize mental health conditions.

Where does a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner work?

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners can choose to work with adults, adolescents, or children in a variety of settings based on his/her specialty. Many Psychiatric Nurse work in private practice or behavioral health clinics. Other settings include residential treatment centers or general practitioners’ offices. Working alongside other health professionals often means creating an interdisciplinary treatment plan to address patients’ overall health and wellness.

What other career options are available to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?

In addition to practicing in treatment centers and doctor’s offices, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners can work in public health or correctional facilities. Family counseling, substance abuse programs, and consulting for large corporations are also options. Some Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Jobs are researchers, always eager to learn about breakthroughs in mental health diagnoses and treatment, and share their knowledge with colleagues and the general public.

What degree is required to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner? What do they study?

Those interested in becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners must obtain a master’s degree in nursing. While it is not a requirement, many Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners master’s students go on to earn a doctorate degree. Those specializing in psychiatric nursing, and who plan to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are required to obtain a Registered Nurse license and a certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Many students choose a specialty area which becomes their area of focus. Specialties include working with: children or teens, senior citizens, and individuals struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, or specific diagnoses.

How much money does a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner earn?

Like with many healthcare professions, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners salaries vary greatly depending on geographical location and demand, as well as level of education, training, and experience. Income also differs based on the Psychiatric Nurs’s specialty and work setting. Experienced psychiatric nurse practitioners get paid about $100,000 per year according to psychology industry studies.

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Psychiatrist/Psych NP SuccessTMS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US 02/16/2022
Description: Success TMS is the second-largest Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) provider in the US. We are seeking to hire empathetic, motivated Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who would enjoy working with cutting-edge technology, a flexible and stress-free work schedule, and helping us lead the way in changing how psychiatry is being practiced. Our patients suffer from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety only Day is predictable, no med management ... More
Psychiatrist/ Psych NP SuccessTMS East Orange, New Jersey US 02/16/2022
Description: Success TMS is the second-largest Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) provider in the US. We are seeking to hire empathetic, motivated Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who would enjoy working with cutting-edge technology, a flexible and stress-free work schedule, and helping us lead the way in changing how psychiatry is being practiced. Our patients suffer from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety only Day is predictable, no med management ... More
Psychiatrist/ Psych NP SuccessTMS Orlando, Florida US 02/14/2022
Description: Success TMS is the second-largest Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) provider in the US. We are seeking to hire empathetic, motivated Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who would enjoy working with cutting-edge technology, a flexible and stress-free work schedule, and helping us lead the way in changing how psychiatry is being practiced. Our patients suffer from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety only Day is predictable, no med management ... More
Inpatient Psychiatric NP- Lawrence Memorial Hospital outside of Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center Community Care Melrose, Massachusetts US 01/31/2022
Description Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford Massachusetts right outside of Boston, a member of MelroseWakefield Healthcare, is looking for anInpatient Psychiatric Nurse Practitionerwith an interest in Geriatric Psychiatry to help us expand our well established unit. Our unit is highly regarded and the longest running medical-psychiatric program in Massachusetts. Why Join our Team: We are recognized ... More
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Positions at Stable, Innovative Health System Carle Health Illinois US 02/10/2022
Carle Healthis seeking additionalPsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitionersto join our Psychiatry teams in the Central and Southern Illinois region. Position Details Include: Outpatient and Virtual Consult Psychiatric NP positions available Opportunity to work in rural, underserved communities Psychiatric NP will cover range of patient cases including consults with new patients, ongoing care, medication management ... More
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner LifeStance Health Culver City, California US 02/04/2022
At LifeStance Health, we strive to help individuals, families, and communities with their mental health needs. Everywhere. Every day. It is a lofty goal; we know. But we make it happen with the best team in mental healthcare.Thank you for taking the time to explore a career with us. As the fastest growing behavioral health practice group in the country, now is the perfect time to join our clinical team!**Annual Stock Awards and Sign-on Bonus offered to eligible ... More
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner LifeStance Health Arcadia, California US 02/04/2022
At LifeStance Health, we strive to help individuals, families, and communities with their mental health needs. Everywhere. Every day. It is a lofty goal; we know. But we make it happen with the best team in mental healthcare.Thank you for taking the time to explore a career with us. As the fastest growing behavioral health practice group in the country, now is the perfect time to join our clinical team!**Annual Stock Awards and Sign-on Bonus offered to eligible ... More
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner LifeStance Health Claremont, California US 02/04/2022
At LifeStance Health, we strive to help individuals, families, and communities with their mental health needs. Everywhere. Every day. It is a lofty goal; we know. But we make it happen with the best team in mental healthcare.Thank you for taking the time to explore a career with us. As the fastest growing behavioral health practice group in the country, now is the perfect time to join our clinical team!**Annual Stock Awards and Sign-on Bonus offered to eligible ... More
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