Psych Nursing

Your Psych Nursing Career

Become a mental health advocate and help change lives by entering the growing field of psych nursing. Embrace your career goals by letting CareerStaff connect you to psych nurse jobs with great pay, benefits, and work-life balance.

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What is a Psych Nurse?

Psych nursing is a specialized field that focuses on providing care for individuals with mental health or behavioral issues. Psych nurses work collaboratively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals to manage patients’ symptoms and improve their coping skills.

What do Mental Health Nurses do?

Mental health nursing helps individuals with mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Mental health nurses monitor patients’ mental health status, administer medications, and help strengthen their overall well-being.

What do Behavioral Health Nurses do?

Behavioral health nursing focuses on individuals dealing with behavioral issues such as substance abuse, learning disabilities, and self-harming behavior. Behavioral health nurses help patients regain control of their behavior and make positive changes in their lives.

What Do Psych Nurses Do?

  • Conduct intake screenings and assessments for mental health conditions.
  • Help stabilize and rehabilitate patients in need.
  • Administer medications and monitor patients’ progress.
  • Teach patients self-care and coping practices for improved well-being.

Psych Nursing F.A.Q.

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How much do psych nurses make?

According to, the median annual salary for psych nurse jobs is around $82,100 (May 2023). Most psych nursing salaries range from $75,000-$92,000, depending on experience, education, certifications, and location.

How to become a psych nurse?

After earning an associate’s (ADN) or bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing, you must pass the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse.
From there, you’ll need to earn your Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification (PMH-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

What certifications are required to become a psych nurse?

You’ll need 2 years of experience as a full-time registered nurse to earn your Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification. This includes 2,000+ hours in clinical practice and 30+ hours of continuing education in psych nursing.
You can also seek additional certifications to qualify for more psych nurse jobs, including the Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN), Gerontological Nursing Certification (GERO-BC), or Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC).

What is the difference between behavioral health nursing and mental health nursing?

Mental health nursing focuses primarily on managing mental illness. In contrast, behavioral health nursing focuses on changing negative behaviors and habits that can harm patients. Ultimately, both psych nurse jobs require the ability to assess and support individuals through their life struggles.

What skills make a good psych nurse?

Psych nursing requires you to be intuitive, empathic, and adaptive. Your leadership skills will help you communicate and collaborate with others. Your open-mindedness will help you understand and support your patients and their families.

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