Career Paths

Psychiatric Nursing

Psychiatric Nursing is a specialty in the field of nursing that involves care of individuals across the life span with mental health disorders. The psychiatric nurse is an integral member of a team of mental health providers who provide therapeutic care for individuals affected by mental health illness. Some of the common disorders psychiatric nurses encounter are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Psychiatric nurses work in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and community health centers. The psychiatric nurse has the potential to use a wide variety of nursing skills, but psychiatric nurses have particularly strong assessment, communication, and relationship building skills. Many nurses in the mental health field find their careers to be highly rewarding and satisfying. The following video offers testimonies of nurses who have had lengthy and satisfying careers as a psychiatric nurse.