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If you’re a nurse who enjoys developing long-term relationships with patients, look into behavioral health nurse jobs. In these positions, nurses work with a team of healthcare experts to help patients with mental disorders.
Behavioral health nurses treat patients with a variety of mental issues, including schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, among others. Depending on the nurse’s education and experience, duties may vary. RNs may work as case managers or staff nurses, while advanced practice nurses may provide counseling and behavioral therapy, and can prescribe medication.
Regardless of education, all nurses educate their patients, patients’ families and caretakers. Generally, they provide information about the patient’s condition and how to react in specific scenarios, in addition to how to take medication.
Working with patients who have psychiatric disorders can be extremely demanding, so be sure to thoroughly research behavioral health nurse jobs before you apply for positions. As a behavioral health nurse, you can expect to work in a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, mental health clinics, rehab centers and more. Check out what behavioral health nursing positions are available in your area here at ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs.