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Nursing Careers: Psychiatric Nursing
Do You Have What it Takes to go Into Psychiatric Nursing?
own. You may visit
them once a week for an assessment and progress check to make sure that
they are safe to continue living on their own.
are also mental health units that are devoted to taking care of the
geriatric patient with dementia or Alzheimerís disease. Some of these
units are incorporated into long term care facilities.
you want to advance your career as a psychiatric nurse you can get a
masterís degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing. You will then be a
clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner that specializes in mental
health. You can even sub-specialize in adolescent mental health or
geriatric mental health. Maybe you want to specialize in substance abuse
or forensics. The opportunities for psychiatric nurses are wide open and
you can be sure to find a specialty that fits you well.
salary for a psychiatric nurse is about $35,000-$40,000 as entry level.
Advanced practice psychiatric nurses can earn $60,000 or more. Nurse
executives or nurses in administrative positions can earn $100,000 or
more. The pay scale depends on several factors including, level of
education, years of experience, size of the facility and geographic
psychiatric nurse is expected to take care of the mental and physical
needs of the patient with the focus on the mental needs. They are
responsible for administering medication, conducting therapy sessions and
recognizing signs of impending crises or worsening mental issues. These
must be reported to the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner for immediate
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