Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Psychiatric nursing for mental health is a nursing specialty. Registered nurses with psychiatric mental health work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to evaluate their mental health needs. The PMH nurse develops a nursing diagnosis and nursing care plan, implements and evaluates the nursing process for efficacy. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) graduate in psychiatric-mental nursing. APRNs apply the nursing process to evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders to individuals or families and identify risk factors for such disorders. They also contribute to developing policies, improving quality, evaluating practice and reforming healthcare. As a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner, the practice of the psychiatric mental health nurse (PMHN) is considered to be an advanced nursing specialty. As clinical nurses’ specialists (CNSs) or nurse practitioners (NPs), APRNs practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the doctoral degree for advanced clinical practice of psychiatric nursing.


  • Track 1-1 Psychiatrists
  • Track 2-2 Psychologists
  • Track 3-3 Pastoral Counsellors
  • Track 4-4 Psychiatric nurses
  • Track 5-5 Internists, family physicians and primary care doctors

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