Psychiatric nurse practitioners (NP) help patients heal from various psychiatric disorders and become better able to manage them. Some common areas of treatment are ADHD, anxiety, substance abuse, and mood disorders, as well as more serious disorders such as schizophrenia, so these practitioners must be patient, focused, and caring to succeed.
These nurses carry out evaluations before and during administered care in order to monitor patients' progress. They often work with psychiatrists to provide wide scopes of care to patients, so it's important to work well with psychiatrists and other medical providers who work with patients. Patients' medical history should also be considered when administering care, so strong communication skills are important to work effectively with patients and medical providers. The psychiatric nurse will administer medicine to patients as necessary, and the NP should carry out continuous evaluations and gather feedback from them to determine if medication is working; if it is not, new solutions should be explored.
These nurses should also educate patients and their families regarding what sort of care can be administered at home, and may also provide referrals to free community services that may help in the healing processes. Those in this position must be registered nurse practitioners and should have studied with a concentration in psychiatric nursing.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
Administer therapeutic procedures.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.