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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Go Back to List
Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Restraints
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  • Binocular light compound microscopes
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  • Handheld thermometer
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  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
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  • Hypodermic needle
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Teach classes in mental health topics such as stress reduction.
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  • Participate in activities aimed at professional growth and development including conferences or continuing education activities.
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  • Direct or provide home health services.
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  • Monitor the use and status of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
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  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.
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  • Develop, implement, or evaluate programs such as outreach activities, community mental health programs, and crisis situation response activities.
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  • Treat patients for routine physical health problems.
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  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
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  • Refer patients requiring more specialized or complex treatment to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, or other medical specialists.
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  • Provide routine physical health screenings to detect or monitor problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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      Education:   Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
      Related Experience:   Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $81,441.00 $39.16  $30.74  $33.22 - $45.91 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $81,603.00 $39.23  $31.09  $33.26 - $45.47 
    Danbury $90,793.00 $43.65  $32.51  $36.76 - $51.19 
    Hartford $80,699.00 $38.80  $31.32  $33.38 - $45.15 
    New Haven $83,878.00 $40.32  $31.93  $34.13 - $47.09 
    New London/Norwich $80,425.00 $38.67  $29.29  $32.51 - $46.06 
    Waterbury $79,440.00 $38.19  $30.24  $32.67 - $45.06 
    Torrington $72,647.00 $34.93  $27.14  $29.29 - $39.14 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   2128
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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