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What is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse?

Career Description Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.

A Day in the Life of an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse

  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Needed Skills

These are the skills Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses say are the most useful in their careers:

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Types of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Jobs

  • Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Coordinator of the Psychiatric Liaison Service
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Mental Health Nurse

Job Opportunities for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 2,955,200 jobs in the United States for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 438,000 new jobs for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse by 2026. The BLS estimates 203,700 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse are Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Wisconsin, or Connecticut. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Salary

The average yearly salary of an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse ranges between $50,800 and $106,530.

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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses who work in Hawaii, California, or Oregon, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $59,470
Alaska $89,310
Arizona $77,000
Arkansas $60,780
California $106,950
Colorado $74,240
Connecticut $81,220
Delaware $74,800
District of Columbia $92,350
Florida $66,210
Georgia $68,950
Hawaii $98,080
Idaho $67,110
Illinois $73,890
Indiana $64,860
Iowa $59,130
Kansas $61,030
Kentucky $63,100
Louisiana $63,970
Maine $67,610
Maryland $76,820
Massachusetts $92,140
Michigan $71,330
Minnesota $78,920
Mississippi $58,490
Missouri $65,130
Montana $67,450
Nebraska $64,470
Nevada $85,620
New Hampshire $72,760
New Jersey $82,750
New Mexico $71,730
New York $85,610
North Carolina $64,850
North Dakota $65,740
Ohio $66,820
Oklahoma $63,080
Oregon $91,080
Pennsylvania $70,390
Rhode Island $78,420
South Carolina $64,940
South Dakota $58,340
Tennessee $61,320
Texas $72,890
Utah $65,670
Vermont $69,160
Virginia $69,790
Washington $82,670
West Virginia $61,780
Wisconsin $71,470
Wyoming $67,360

What Tools & Technology do Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAS
  • Invivo Data EPX ePRO Management System

How do I Become an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse?

Education needed to be an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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