Mental Health Nursing

Everything You Need to Know About Mental Health Nursing

Mental health nurses (also called psychiatric nurses) help patients who suffer from mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression to recover their mental health so that they can live to their fullest potential. Mental health nurses are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. They are trained in behavioral therapy, which allows these nurses to teach patients as well as their friends and family how to deal with challenges that go along with psychiatric disorders.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN

 

$60,000 - $75,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Evaluating patients’ mental health needs
  • Writing and evaluating treatment plans
  • Delivering psychotherapy and other interventions
  • Providing personal and supportive care
  • Coordinating care with families, physicians and other caregivers
  • Prescribing medications

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • General and psychiatric hospitals
  • Substance abuse treatment programs
  • Home healthcare services
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Private practices

Certification

RN