|1.||Basic description — A nurse who works with children and
adolescents with psychiatric problems. Focuses on the entire
continuum between health and illness. The nurse’s role is aimed
at promotion and prevention, early intervention and treatment
of children with severe mental illness. The child psychiatric
nurse practices in a variety of settings such as clinics, schools,
community agencies, psychiatric hospitals, day treatment facilities, and public health departments.|
Generalist activities of a child psychiatric nurse include: teaching parents with emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded children or adolescents; participation as a member of a health care delivery team and participation in research activities related to the field of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing.
Advanced practice activities include: consultant to other professional and nonprofessional groups; independent practice psychotherapy; educating other professionals, administrators, and researchers.
|2.||Educational requirements — RN preparation for generalists, with certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Advanced practice certification is available for family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners and clinical specialists in child and adolescent psychiatric/mental health nursing.|
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|4.||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.|
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