In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

201 Careers in NursingBASIC DESCRIPTION

Dealing with adult patients, the adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, and manage mental health issues that include bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. They may have additional training in psychotherapy or any other behavioral treatment modalities.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse (RN) preparation and Nurse Practitioner certification required. Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center also is available as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, another advanced practice nursing specialty role, in psychiatric and mental health; experience as a Mental Health RN is preferred.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Advanced knowledge in mental health
  • Sensitivity to patients and their families
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge in psychopharmacology and behavioral science therapy

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS