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Rising Demand for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Little by little, the stigma against mental illness is being chipped away at. Consequently, more and more Americans are seeking the help of mental health professionals, including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP). The increased demand for these specialists, who diagnose and treat individuals’ mental health needs, explains its optimistic career outlook – the nurse practitioner field is expected to grow 31% in the next decade.

In order to meet this demand, Nursing.org put together a pair of guides that help students and nurses decide if psychiatric nursing is the right career path for them – and how to proceed, if so. One guide broadly breaks down what becoming a PMHNP entails and the other takes a closer look at PMHNP programs specifically. We focus on online master’s programs that offer greater flexibility for those already working in the field:

In order for us to continue destigmatizing mental illness, we need mental health professionals who can support the increasing numbers of those bravely asking for help. We researched these guides to encourage nurses to advance their careers for the betterment of both their lives and those they care for.

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