Mental health nursing is the specialty of nursing that cares for people of all ages with mental illness or mental distress. Nurses in this area receive training in psychological therapies, building a therapeutic alliance, dealing with challenging behaviour, and the administration of psychiatric medication. Nurses monitor for side effects and offer information on medication.

  • Psychiatric Nurses

  • Community Nurses

  • Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

  • Nursing Associations

  • Nurses Colleges

Mental Health Nursing

Psychiatric Nursing

A Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in a variety of settings. A nurse practitioner:

 

  • Provides diagnosis

  • Conducts therapy

  • Prescribes medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders

  • Provide emergency psychiatric, psychosocial and physical assessments

  • Conducts treatment plans 

  • Manage patient care

  • Consultancy 

  • Education for families and staff.

Community Nursing

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Mental Health Nurse Practitioners work with people with a large variety of mental health problems, often at the time of highest distress, and usually within hospital settings. These professionals work to evaluate and provide care for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical mental conditions, to substance abuse problems in:

 

  • Primary care facilities

  • Outpatient mental health clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Community health centers

Mental Health Nursing Practitioner

Mental Health Nursing Associations

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Nursing Colleges

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