Psychiatry/Mental Health nurses care for patients with mental health illnesses. They work in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient centers, or residential centers. Other names for this specialty are Behavioral Health nurses or Mental Health nurses. Psych Nurse job descriptions include administering psychotropic medications, observing for negative side effects, and building rapport with patients. There is a large demand for this specialty. Explore our Psychiatry/Mental Health travel nurse opportunities today.
Psychiatry/Mental Health nurses show compassion for patients with mental health disorders. Duties of the Mental Health nurse include building trust with patients, assessing for acute negative behaviors, and keeping patients safe. Other responsibilities include creating and following care plans and administering treatments and various therapies. Registered nurses or licensed practical nurses in this specialty also collaborate with psychiatrists and other members of the wider behavioral health team. The average annual salary for Psychiatry/Mental Health nurses in the United States ranges from $50,000 - $100,000 depending on license, location, and experience.