Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The psychiatric nurse practitioner works in the following clinical areas: inpatient psychiatric units, alcohol/drug rehabilitation programs, day treatment programs, mental health clinics and combat stress units.
Job Duties
Patient counseling
Crisis intervention
Milieu and group therapy
Critical incident debriefings
Master's degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education
Board certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges
Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license
U.S. citizenship
Job training for a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes completing an Basic Officer Leaders Course, which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.
Helpful Skills
Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
Perform under stress
Apply critical technical and thinking skills
Tremendous concentration
Receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus of $30,000
Nurse Loan Repayment Program of up to $120,000 over three years; may be applied toward qualified nursing school loans
May receive pay for continuing education, including clinical specialization courses
Low-cost life and dental insurance
Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
30 days of paid vacation earned annually
Education Benefits
The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at
Johns Hopkins
GE Healthcare
Cleveland Clinic
Mercy Medical Center

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