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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
    • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
    • Develop and implement treatment plans.
    • Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development, including conferences or continuing education activities.
    • Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.
    • Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.
    • Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.
    • Participate in treatment team conferences regarding diagnosis or treatment of difficult cases.
    • Provide routine physical health screenings to detect or monitor problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
    • Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other medical specialists.
    • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems, based on review and evaluation of published research.
    • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
    • Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.
    • Teach classes in mental health topics, such as stress reduction.
    • Administer medications, including those administered by injection.
    • Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 67580/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 127,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 8,360

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

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    • Hypodermic needle
    • Handheld thermometer
    • Blood pressure cuff kits
    • Binocular light compound microscopes

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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