Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Career and Education Profile

Psychiatric nurse practitioners have advanced nursing training, so they can work in leadership positions in the field of mental health.

Job Responsibilities

Your training as a nurse practitioner means that you can complete advanced tasks when working with psychiatric patients. Nurse practitioners can develop treatment plans, assess patients, prescribe medications, and more without direct supervision from physicians. Your exact tasks as a psychiatric nurse practitioner will depend on factors like your specializations and the type of facility where you work. Along with working with patients, you could also take on administrative tasks as a nurse practitioner, and you also have the option to work in research or education on top of doing clinical work.

Salary and Career Options

According to Payscale.com, psychiatric nurse practitioners make an average of $84,897 annually. Factors that can affect the salary you receive include your experience in the field, the location where you live and work, your employer, the type of certifications you have, and whether or not you work in a management position. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you can earn more money by choosing to specialize even farther, working with a specific type of patient such as senior citizens or those suffering from a specific illness, like autism or depression. You can also decide to go back to school to take counseling classes, working toward earning an addition certification or license in your state so you can better help mental health patients.

Educational Requirements

To become a nurse practitioner, you need at least a master’s degree, which will allow you to take classes in both general nursing and psychiatric care. In the future, all states will require you to go on to get a doctorate degree in order to qualify for certification as a nurse practitioner.


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