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Choosing a graduate program in nursing requires you to put some thought into which nursing specialty interests you the most. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are in high demand as patients seek alternative and economical mental health care.

Classes You Might Take in the Psychiatric Nursing Specialty

Advanced practice psychiatric nursing programs allow you to choose your patient population, whether you're interested in working with adults, the elderly, young children, or adolescents. You'll be trained to work in a variety of settings and to respond to both acute issues and ongoing mental health management.

APPN courses include inpatient and outpatient care, medication management, psychotherapy theory and practice, integrated mental health care, assessment of complex conditions, and consultation and liaison between patients and other medical specialists.

All graduate programs offer classroom learning (sometimes through online classes or distance learning) and practical skills application in clinical settings. When you graduate, you'll be qualified to take your state's licensing exams or go for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Salaries for Psychiatric Nurses

The average salary for psychiatric nurses is around $95,000 per year. Advanced practice nurses can expect to earn higher wages, and if you take on an administrative or leadership role in your specialty you may be able to negotiate an above-average salary.

While you're in graduate school, take every opportunity possible to participate in research and advanced practice through your university. Faculty initiatives often include fellowships, and this type of experience is invaluable after graduation when you're seeking a nursing job.

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