Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 65.52% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 24.14% said they needed a Post-Master's Certificate.


    Develop and implement treatment plans.

    Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.

    Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.

    Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.

    Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.

    Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.

    Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.

    Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.

    Monitor patients' medication usage and results.

    Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.

    Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.

    Provide routine physical health screenings to detect or monitor problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

    Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.

    Administer medications including those administered by injection.

    Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.

    Participate in treatment team conferences regarding diagnosis or treatment of difficult cases.

    Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.

    Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

    Teach classes in mental health topics such as stress reduction.

    Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other medical specialists.

    Treat patients for routine physical health problems.

    Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.

    Direct or provide home health services.

    Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities.


Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment



Personal computers


Medication administration systems

Mechanical stethoscopes

All Tools

Mechanical restraints

Laser facsimile machines

Intravenous IV pumps

Hypodermic needles

Handheld thermometers



Blood pressure cuffs

Binocular light compound microscopes



Beck Anxiety Inventory

Beck Depression Inventory

Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale BPRS Nursing Modification

California Verbal Learning Test

Category Fluency Test

Children’s Depression Inventory

All Technologies

Controlled Oral Word Association Task

Electroconvulsive therapy equipment

Epic HER

Geriatric Depression Scale

Hendrich Falls Risk Model

Invivo Data EPX ePRO Management System

Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 MMPI-2

Myers Briggs Type Indicator


Patient Health Questionaire

Young Mania Rating Scale

Zung Depression Rating Scale


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.

Social Perceptiveness

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

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

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

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