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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses - 29-1141.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist (APN Psychotherapist)
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
  • Associate Chief Nurse
  • Associate Director of Nursing
  • Coordinator of the Psychiatric Liaison Service
  • Deputy Director of Clinical Specialty Services
  • Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse (PMH Nurse)

SOC Occupation Groups

29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1000 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
29-1140 Registered Nurses
29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
29-1141.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Related Occupations


  • Administer medications including those administered by injection.
  • Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.
  • Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.
  • Consult with psychiatrists or other professionals when unusual or complex cases are encountered.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Direct or provide home health services.
  • Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.
  • Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.
  • Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.
  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.
  • Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities.
  • 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.
  • Teach classes in mental health topics such as stress reduction.
  • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Establish nursing policies or standards.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Teach health management classes.
  • Treat patients using psychological therapies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Mental Health Nurse (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • SC - Nurse Corps - General (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Nurse, General Duty