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What is a psychiatric-mental health nurse? Can you specialize within psychiatric nursing? How can I become a psychiatric-mental health nurse? Why do psychiatric-mental health nurses obtain a master's or doctoral degree? How do I find a good program for psychiatric nursing? Are psychiatric-mental health nurses certified? What are the titles for psychiatric-mental health nurses? How can I determine if psychiatric nursing is for me before I enter a basic nursing program? What is the annual salary for psychiatric-mental health nurses? Is psychiatric-mental health nursing experiencing a shortage now? How do psychiatric-mental health nurses differ from psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists? How can I “switch” to psychiatric nursing? How can I find out more about psychiatric nursing? What do psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHN) do? Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialty within nursing. Psychiatric mental health registered nurses work with individuals, families, groups, and communities, assessing their mental health needs. The PMHN develops a nursing diagnosis and plan of care, implements the nursing process, and evaluates it for effectiveness.



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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

2017 Elections Open Now
Cast your vote by July 18 for the APNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.  |  View

PCSS-MAT Waiver Training Available Now
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Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
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Free CE of the Month: May 2017
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National Patient Safety Goal Related to Suicide: Call for Comments
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Tobacco Dependence Resources
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2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
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New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
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New Resources on Violence Prevention
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