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PSYCH Requirements and Duties

The need for Psychiatric nurses continue to increase. This is a great time to take advantage of generous compensation as a traveler.

It takes a special form of caring to be a psychiatric (psych) nurse. Psychiatric Nurses care for patients with psych/mental issues including addictions and depression. Care may be given in a psych facility, unit in a hospital or specific part of the ER. They're also trained in behavioral therapy, providing tools to teach patients as well as family members how to cope with psychiatric disorders.

Also known as: Behavioral Health

Requirements

  • Active BLS from the American Heart Association
  • Active professional license within the state of practice
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and/or Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB) certification is recommended and may be required for specific registered nurses and travel nurse positions
  • Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
  • Experience as a Psych RN in a hospital setting
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as an RN