What Does A Psychiatric Nurse Do?
A nurse in a psychiatric setting works with patients who are mentally ill. These nurses may work in psychiatric hospitals, on a psychiatric floor of a regular hospital, or in a prison.
How Do I Become A Psychiatric Nurse?
Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing is required to obtain these positions. Some hospital positions may require nurses to have a bachelor’s degree.
What is the Average Salary For A Psychiatric Nurse?
High – 102,000
Median – 73,000
Low – 40,000
What Courses Should I Take To Become A Psychiatric Nurse?
- Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
- Math – As much as possible!
- English – As much as possible!
What Is The Work Environment For A Psychiatric Nurse?
Nurses typically work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, residential care facilities, schools, and in home healthcare. Because many healthcare facilities are open around the clock, nurses may be required to work nights, weekends, holidays, or any combination of these. In addition, this can be a physically demanding job. Nurses may be required to lift or move patients, and they may also spend most of the day on their feet.
What Is The Future Outlook For A Psychiatric Nurse?
The job outlook for nurses (in general) looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada