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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.   (O'Net 29-1141.02)

 
Reported job titles:   Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist), Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse, Associate Chief Nurse   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Registered Nurses which includes:
                          - Acute Care Nurses
                          - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
                          - Critical Care Nurses
                          - Clinical Nurse Specialists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 24.55   $ 27.14   $ 31.36   $ 37.57   $ 44.33   $ 32.59  
    Yearly $51,060   $56,440   $65,230   $78,150   $92,210   $67,780  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 25.04   $ 27.54   $ 32.10   $ 38.78   $ 45.57   $ 33.47  
    Yearly $52,090   $57,280   $66,760   $80,660   $94,780   $69,630  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 23.72   $ 26.85   $ 30.98   $ 37.09   $ 43.61   $ 32.13  
    Yearly $49,340   $55,840   $64,440   $77,140   $90,710   $66,830  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.42   $ 26.96   $ 30.94   $ 36.59   $ 41.97   $ 31.86  
    Yearly $50,800   $56,070   $64,360   $76,110   $87,290   $66,260  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Registered Nurses which includes:
                                  - Acute Care Nurses
                                  - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
                                  - Critical Care Nurses
                                  - Clinical Nurse Specialists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 6,629 7,359 1.1% 229
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Registered Nurses which includes:
                                - Acute Care Nurses
                                - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
                                - Critical Care Nurses
                                - Clinical Nurse Specialists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 60.6%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 17.8%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 7.1%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 2.8%
    Federal government, all industries 2.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
     
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
     
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
     
  • Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.
     
  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
     
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
     
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
     
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • 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.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Nurse, Registered (RN) Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Vermont State Board of Nursing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
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  • Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses 
     

     
     
     
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