Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
SOC: 29-1141.02


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,751,000 employed

Projected (2024):
3,190,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist)
  • Advanced Practice Provider
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
  • Associate Chief Nurse
  • Associate Director of Nursing
  • Coordinator of the Psychiatric Liaison Service
  • Deputy Director of Clinical Specialty Services
  • Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMH Nurse)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Psychiatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

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    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Teach classes in mental health topics such as stress reduction.
  • Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities.
  • Direct or provide home health services.
  • Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.
  • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
  • Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other medical specialists.
  • Provide routine physical health screenings to detect or monitor problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Participate in treatment team conferences regarding diagnosis or treatment of difficult cases.
  • Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
  • Administer medications including those administered by injection.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Catheters
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Handheld thermometers
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Intravenous IV pumps
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Mechanical restraints
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medication administration systems
  • Nebulizers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale BPRS Nursing Modification
  • California Verbal Learning Test
  • Category Fluency Test
  • Children's Depression Inventory
  • Controlled Oral Word Association Task
  • Electroconvulsive therapy equipment
  • Geriatric Depression Scale
  • Hendrich Falls Risk Model
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 MMPI-2
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • NEO PI
  • Patient Health Questionaire
  • Young Mania Rating Scale
  • Zung Depression Rating Scale

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800