Psychiatric nursing is different from any other kind of care

Psychiatric nursing is a practice of nursing for registered nurses (RNs) who have additional training in psychiatric medication and therapy. A psychiatric nurse will care for patients who are mentally ill or who are experiencing some sort of mental distress.


Psychiatric nursing is different from any other kind of nursing in that the practice calls for both physical and mental treatment of a patient.

Medical facilities that hire psychiatric nurses include but are not limited to general hospitals, mental hospitals and prisons. Psychiatric nursing, though a specialized area of nursing in itself, has other specializations.

Advanced psychiatric nurses may choose to specialize in forensic psychiatry, drug rehabilitation, pediatric mental health or some other focus within the psychiatric field.

One could argue that psychiatric nursing is the most complex of all nursing fields, given that a psychiatric nurse must be able to treat both a patient's mind and body. Those in this field may also encounter a certain amount of danger, particularly if employed by a mental hospital.

Administering drugs to and physically handling a patient who is under mental duress is a challenge in its own. However, psychiatric nurses are paid well for their skills and bravery. This advanced practice earns the average psychiatric nurse more per year than the national average.

Psychiatric nursing is not only a fascinating field of practice and study, it is also both emotionally and financially rewarding.