What does an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse do?

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.

Jobs Roles

  • Teach classes in mental health topics such as stress reduction.
  • Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities.
  • Direct or provide home health services.
  • Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.
  • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
  • Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other medical specialists.
  • Provide routine physical health screenings to detect or monitor problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Participate in treatment team conferences regarding diagnosis or treatment of difficult cases.
  • Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
  • Administer medications including those administered by injection.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.
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