Psychiatric nurses are registered nurses with specialized training that helps them assess, address, and monitor mental health conditions. They often work on a team with other mental healthcare workers that can include therapists, social workers, mental health workers, psychologists, behavioral specialists, and psychiatrists

A psych nurse differs from other types of nurses in a number of ways. Psych nurses treat both the mental and physical health of patients and spend most time having one-to-one interactions with those patients. You won’t be stuck behind a computer here. Spend your days doing the thing that brought you to nursing—what you trained to do—helping patients get better.

Psych nurses not only need medical-surgical knowledge, they also need strong communication skills, the ability to think on their feet, critical thinking skills, and compassion to provide effective, trauma-informed care.

Psychiatric nurses can expect to:

  • Partner with individuals to achieve their recovery goals
  • Provide health promotion and maintenance
  • Conduct intake screening, evaluation, and triage
  • Provide case management
  • Teach self-care activities
  • Administer and monitor both psychological and physical treatment regimens
  • Practice crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Engage in psychiatric rehabilitation and intervention
  • Educate patients, families, and communities
  • Coordinate care
  • Work within interdisciplinary teams

I gather most of my inspiration each day from the hard-working staff who show up day in and day out and take care of those most in need. Every day, I am proud of the effort my staff continues to show as we strive to build and maintain a program that provides top-notch care and education.