Psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialists work in a variety of health care and mental health care facilities and assist patients in managing mental health issues, provide advanced treatment to patients with mental health disorders and provide case management in a mental health care setting. Some psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialists also work in the fields of research and administration.
To become a psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist (CNS) students generally need to have current licensure as a registered nurse and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). In some cases, graduate CNS programs may also require a period of experience providing mental health nursing care to patients.
To find the psych/mental health CNS program that is right for you, browse the comprehensive list of colleges below.