ABCs of Mental Health Care
About Care Providers
What is a Psychiatric Nurse?
These provider descriptions are general in nature and are
being made available to help you better understand the various
types and levels of behavioral health providers that may be
available to provide your care. These general descriptions
were prepared using national standards. Please note that provider
requirements will vary from state to state, thus, you may
want to check with the provider's office if you have any specific
Nurse/Clinical Specialist (RNCS):
a Master's degree in psychiatric nursing from an accredited
College or university recognized by the National League
Licensed to practice as a nurse at the highest level of
Independent practice in the state where practice is to occur.
by the American Nurse Association, American Nurses Credentialing
Center (ANCC) as a clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental
health, adult or child.
conduct therapy of multiple modalities or theoretical frameworks:
individual, group, family, cognitive behavioral therapy,
behavior modification, etc. Skilled in providing therapy
for co-occurring medical and psychiatric diagnoses.