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What kind of training does a psychiatric nurse have?

Cynthia Diefenbeck
Advanced Practice Nursing
In the United States, psychiatric nurses can be prepared at both generalist and specialist levels. Psychiatric nurses functioning at the generalist level are registered nurses who have completed their education in a bachelors, associates, or diploma nursing program. Psychiatric nurses functioning at the specialist level have advanced education specifically in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Psychiatric nurses are registered nurses (R.N., B.S.N.) who earned a master’s of science degree in nursing (M.S.N.). Some go on to earn the Nurse Practitioner (NP) designation and then can, in collaboration with a physician, prescribe medication. Some psychiatric nurses also offer psychotherapy.

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