Psychiatric Nurse

Clover Riley

Job Description

A psychiatric nurse is a specialty of nursing that cares for other people of all ages with a mental illness or mental distress; such as, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression or dementia.

Working Conditions

Psychiatric Nurses work in many different environments. They can work in:

  • General and Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Addiction and substance abuse treatment centers
  • Home health care agencies
  • Community mental health programs
  • Correction institutes
  • Outpatient mental health clinics
  • Schools
These nurses are on their feet for long periods at a time and frequently bend over and lift when caring for patients.



You need to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and complete 2 to 5 years of additional study to earn a master or a doctorate in nursing.


You need hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

Job Outlook

The need for psychiatric nurses is expected to grow 19% by 2022 and is in high demand now.


The salary ranges from $45,880 to $98,880 but it all depends on your experience.

The average annual was is about $66,640