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Online M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

Step into Your Psychiatric Nursing Career with Confidence

As a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, you'll help fill the gap between the supply and demand of qualified mental health care providers – a shortage creating a mental health care crisis in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that the country has 5,766 health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) in the mental health field — and more than 6,500 practitioners are needed.1

Throughout your psychiatric nursing career, you'll fulfill a critical role as a primary care provider to clients experiencing mental health challenges. You'll assess, diagnose and treat children, adolescents, adults and the elderly for a range of minor to complex mental health issues.

The Demand for Psychiatric Help

  • 13.6 million adults in America live with a serious mental illness while 44 million adults experience mental illness in a year2 
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness received zero services for their condition in the previous year2
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, and the 10th leading cause of death for adults2

The Supply of Psychiatric Help

  • There are about 28,250 psychiatrists in active practice in the U.S. — 59% of which are 55 or older2 and expected to retire soon
  • 40% of the psychiatric workforce operates as a cash-only private practice,2 making their care unaffordable to many of those who need it
  • 77% of U.S. counties report a severe psychiatrist shortage2

Psychiatric Nursing Career Outlook

Due to the supply and demand of psychiatric services, the outlook for a psychiatric nursing career is strong.

  • The nurse practitioner role is the second-fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.3
  • 52% growth of NPs is expected through 20293 
  • $131,500 is the median income of a PMHNP

Where Will Your Psychiatric Nursing Career Take You?

Psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners are well suited to work with vulnerable populations, especially the underserved. As a psychiatric nurse, you can build a career in the setting you choose:  

  • Schools
  • Community Centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Criminal Justice

Take a Step Toward a Career You Love

Earning an MSN in psychiatric nursing online from Seton Hall University provides the experiences and quality education you need to become a highly qualified nurse practitioner and excel in your career. Contact an admissions advisor at (844) 823-1198 or request more information now to learn more.

Sources

1https://data.hrsa.gov/topics/health-workforce/shortage-areas

2https://www.hospitalcouncil.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/mhawhitepaperpsychiatry2018.pdf?1520291239

3https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm

4https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/are-you-considering-a-career-as-psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner