What does a Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner do?

Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, or PMHNPs, assess the mental health needs of individuals, families and groups. They develop healthcare plans, implement treatment and evaluate the treatment's effectiveness and progress. Many hospitals have dedicated mental health units, but a PMHNP can also find work in psychiatric hospitals, independent practices, nursing homes and physicians offices.

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Working as a Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Depending on the work setting, a PMHNP may:

  • Make diagnoses.
  • Conduct physical and mental health assessments.
  • Design treatment plans.
  • Prescribe psychopharmaceuticals.
  • Offer counseling or psychotherapy.
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How much does a Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner make in the United States?

1.5k salaries reported, updated at July 23, 2021
$140,519
per year

The average salary for a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner is $140,519 per year in the United States and $15,000 overtime per year.

Overtime
$15,000
per year

Most common benefits

  • Paid jury duty
  • Relocation assistance
  • Loan repayment program
  • 403(b)
  • Flexible schedule
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner

What are the titles for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs)?

Some other titles for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) include:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What is the job outlook for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs)?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 26% growth in demand for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) until 2028.

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How many hours do psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) work?

Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) generally work full time (around 40 hours per week) and shifts can vary from 8 to 12 hours in length. Emergency room PMHNPs may need to be on-call, depending on the needs of a hospital.

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