Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • 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
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What They Do

  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $67,340 with most people making between $49,010 and $89,540

Outlook

12.68%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 12,212 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,548 openings due to growth and about 2,881 replacement openings for approximately 4,429 total annual openings.



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