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Working to improve the mental health of patients – Psychiatric Travel Nurses

Psychiatric nurses don’t necessarily have to work in a mental health facility or psychiatric hospital to deliver specialized care to patients suffering from mental disorders. They can also serve in a home care setting, and also help deliver community education to the families of patients preparing for therapy. They have an important role in helping to find therapeutic ways for patients to manage their mental illness.

The Role Psychiatric Travel Nurses Play in Healthcare

When you enter the specialty of psychiatric nursing, you will approach patients who can have a diverse array of behavior problems, mental health and psychiatric disorders in areas such as:

  • Child and Adolescent
  • Eating Disorders
  • Forensic
  • Geriatric
  • Substance Abuse

Your role is not only as a care and therapy provider but also educator, performing a series of different responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, diagnose and monitor condition of patients
  • Consult with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and other healthcare and mental health professionals as part of a treatment team
  • Administer treatment and medication under a physician or psychiatrist’s supervision
  • Communicate closely with families of patients regarding their mental disorder and the available resources and services
  • Maintain accurate health records and documentation

Your assigned shift may change depending on where you take a position and what it requires you to perform. Regardless of the case, you must show patience, possess strong communication skills, ability to work well under pressure, and understand the needs that come with each respective patient

Psychiatric Travel Nursing Job Market and Salary Potential

The market for psychiatric nursing is predicted to grow at a rate of 26% by 2020, faster than the average job growth rate for the healthcare industry and the U.S. marketplace at large. You can expect to earn between $44,000 and $80,000 for a salary, depending on your qualifications as well as level of certification, education and experience. Most entry-level nurses in psychiatry start off making $25 per hour on travel assignments.

Locations Where Psychiatric Travel Nurses Take Positions

Most psychiatric nurses choose to work in either a mental health facility or home health setting to those patients who require live-in nurses or home care for their disabilities. You can also choose to work in nursing homes with patients who have begun to lose their memory to old age or suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Overall, you can take psychiatric nursing assignments at facilities such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health and correctional facilities
  • Medical offices
  • Home health and community organizations
  • Schools

Becoming a Psychiatric Nurse

If you want to become a psychiatric nurse, you should have an interest in working specifically with patients who deal with mental illnesses and/or behavioral disorders. You will want to possess the ability to show compassion, empathy with strong attention to detail, and skilled in crisis intervention techniques.

In addition to the training required to be a Registered Nurse (RN), you must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensing examination. You must receive a RN-BC certification in psychiatric-mental health nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). You should have at least 2,000 hours of clinical experience in a psychiatric setting, while obtaining a master of science nursing degree.

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