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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.

Celebrate Excellence with the APNA Annual Awards
Recognize a colleague for their commitment to psychiatric-mental health nursing with an APNA Annual Award by April 18.  |  View

Take Action: #StandforMentalHealth
Share the new APNA position paper on proactive health care policies to ease the burden of mental illness and substance use disorders.  |  View

Now Accepting Applications: APNA Board of Directors Scholarship
Help us find up to 30 exceptional graduate and undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students to receive the 2017 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship!  |  View

APNA 2017 Call for Nominations
Submit a nomination for the APNA Board of Directors and 2018 Nominating Committee by April 17, 2017.   |  View

Register Now for the APNA 15th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
CPI, to be held June 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland, will offer up to 21.5 continuing education contact hours in psychopharmacology.  |  View

Free CE: February 14 - March 15
Nearly all sessions in the APNA eLearning Center will be free of cost for members beginning February 14.  |  View

Buprenorphine Waiver Training for APRNs
APNA and PCSS-MAT have partnered to provide no cost MAT waiver training to nurses and physician assistants.  |  View

APNA Research Grants: Now Accepting Proposals
APNA is seeking research proposals from new nurse researchers to be awarded funding between $1,000 and $10,000.   |  View

APNA 31st Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Now Open
Submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation at this fall's conference in Phoenix. |  View

Tobacco Dependence Resources
Updated expert-vetted online resources from the Tobacco Dependence Branch of the APNA Addictions Council.  |  View

2016 APNA Activity Report Available Now
This report speaks to key APNA activities from the past year. |  View

New Education to Address Opioid Use Crisis
The no cost educational sessions were designed to support nurses in all fields as they address the opioid use epidemic. |  View

New Resources on Violence Prevention
New toolkit and position paper to support psychiatric-mental health nurses in their violence prevention efforts. |  View