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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 10,630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

Typical Hourly Wage: $31.17 - $44.52

Typical Annual Salary: $64,800 - $92,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans.

tools & technology

  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits
  • Handheld thermometer
  • Restraints
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software

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