Career Details

Nurse (Psychiatric) - Laura

Career Overview

A nurse in a psychiatric setting works with patients who are mentally ill. These nurses may work in psychiatric hospitals, on a psychiatric floor of a regular hospital, or in a prison.

Education

Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor's degree in nursing is required to obtain these positions. Some hospital positions may require nurses to have a bachelor’s degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$73,000 /yr
$102,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for nurses (in general) looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Nurses typically work in hospitals, doctor's offices, residential care facilities, schools, and in home healthcare. Because many healthcare facilities are open around the clock, nurses may be required to work nights, weekends, holidays, or any combination of these. In addition, this can be a physically demanding job. Nurses may be required to lift or move patients, and they may also spend most of the day on their feet.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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