Travel Psychiatric Nurse Jobs

Psychiatric nurses, also called mental health nurses, specialize in caring for patients of all ages who are experiencing mental illness or distress. Psych nurses may treat a variety of mental illnesses or focus on specific age groups or disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, dementia, substance abuse, or eating disorders. They’re experts in crisis intervention and work closely with their patients to help them manage their mental illnesses and live fulfilling lives.

Psychiatric RN Salary

According to PayScale, the average annual salary of a psychiatric RN is $65,671. This works out to an average weekly salary of $1,263 or $31.58 per hour in a 40-hour work week. Psychiatric travel nurses earn an average weekly salary of $1,633, per NurseFly’s 2019 data. Besides their taxed salary, travel psych nurses may benefit from tax-free stipends, if they claim a permanent tax-home, including housing allowances and per diems for meals.

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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Wentzville, Missouri
Stability Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,374/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Glendale, California
Stability Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$2,305/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Ogden, Utah
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 2 days ago
Location: Ogden, UT Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Ogden, UT! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements include, bu ...
$2,081/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Falls Church, Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 3 days ago
Location: Falls Church, VA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Psychiatric - PSYCH to join our travel team in Falls Church, VA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requiremen ...
$2,081/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Ogden, Utah
KPG Healthcare · posted 2 days ago
$1,989/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Dominion Hospital
Falls Church, Virginia
TotalMed Staffing · posted 3 days ago
$1,940/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Falls Church, Virginia
Stability Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,912/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Brandon, Florida
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,755/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Brandon, Florida
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,755/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
SSM Health St Joseph Hospital
Wentzville, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing · posted 8 hours ago
$1,748/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
SSM Health St Joseph Hospital
Wentzville, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing · posted 8 hours ago
$1,748/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
Orange, California
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,738/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon, Florida
TotalMed Staffing · posted 8 hours ago
$1,693/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon, Florida
TotalMed Staffing · posted 3 days ago
$1,693/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brandon, Florida
Stability Healthcare · posted 6 hours ago
$1,665/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Brandon, Florida
Stability Healthcare · posted 6 hours ago
$1,665/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
UC Irvine Medical Center
Orange, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 3 days ago
$1,665/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Navos West Seattle Campus
Seattle, Washington
TotalMed Staffing · posted 6 hours ago
$1,615/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$1,568/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Glendale, California
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,277/week
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What are the best agencies for Psychiatric Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Psychiatric Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (114), TotalMed Staffing (39), and SSM Health (37).

How Much Do Psychiatric Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Monday, January 18th 2021, the average weekly pay for Psychiatric Nurse jobs is $1,698, but can pay up to $3,225 per week. In 2021, Psychiatric Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,585 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $932 per week.

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What does a psychiatric nurse do?

Psychiatric RNs assess the mental health needs of individuals, which includes providing care based on treatment and nursing care plans, and educating and supporting patients, but doesn’t include counseling. Psychiatric RNs administer prescribed medications and assess their effectiveness and side effects, but they can’t prescribe medications. They also provide crisis intervention, complete new admissions’ paperwork, and ensure patient charts are complete. 

Psychiatric advanced practice RNs have expanded scopes of practice, which varies based on the state of practice. APRNs are more involved in the diagnosis and treatment plan creation process. They can also offer psychotherapy, including counseling individuals and leading therapeutic groups, and can prescribe medications in some states. Sometimes the roles of a psychiatric APRN overlaps with those of a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker.

Where do psychiatric nurses work?

Psych nurses have a wide array of work settings, including the mental health wards of community or general services hospitals or at psychiatric hospitals. They may also work at substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health centers, correctional facilities, schools for individuals with mental or emotional issues, and outpatient mental health organizations.

What skills make a good psychiatric nurse?

Psychiatric nurses must have a solid foundation in the behavioral sciences and extensive knowledge about medication effects and interactions. They must be experts in mental health assessment and crisis intervention, including recognizing the signs of deteriorating or advancing mental illness. Excellent interpersonal skills are crucial, which includes good verbal communication and active listening skills, and empathy. They must be detail oriented with excellent written communication skills to thoroughly and accurately chart patients. Critical thinking, multitasking, and teamwork also top the list of desirable skills.

How to become a Psychiatric Travel Nurse

Becoming a travel psychiatric nurse means fulfilling requirements to become a registered nurse, which includes earning an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program, passing the NCLEX-RN, completing all state licensing requirements, and earning Basic Life Support certification. Most travel psychiatric nursing positions require between one and two years of experience in a psychiatric setting. Psychiatric APRNs must earn a master’s degree. 

While not required, board certification can be helpful and obtained through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification requires two years full-time RN practice with a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice and 30 hours of continuing education in psychiatric nursing within three years.

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Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…

Can I be a Travel Nurse as a New Grad?

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
It’s a very good question to ask: can you be a travel nurse as a new grad. At the end of the day, probably not. Unfortunately, new graduate nurses don’t make the best travel nurses due to lack of experience. It can be an uncomfortable experience for both the traveler and the facility staff. Most facilities…

Burlington, Vermont: Travel Nurse Guide

Posted on Oct 12, 2020
Vermont is one of the smallest states in the U.S, but also one of the most beautiful and enjoyable places to live. All four seasons offer something special, highlighted by stunning scenery throughout the state. Burlington, Vermont is a city of approximately 43,000 residents, located at the northern edge of the state, bordering Canada. The…

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
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Cross Country Nurses · posted a month ago
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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
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Trinity Health FirstChoice · posted a month ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one assignment to the next ...
$3,285/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric - COVID19
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Cross Country Nurses · posted a month ago
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric
Homewood, Alabama
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 months ago
$3,302/week
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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health
St. Francis Medical Center
Trenton, New Jersey
Trinity Health FirstChoice · posted 3 months ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one assignment to the next ...
$3,178/week
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