Clinical Psychiatrist: Job Description, Duties and Requirements

Clinical psychiatrists are physicians who treat mental illnesses and disorders, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and addictions. Just like other medical jobs, becoming a clinical psychiatrist requires significant training. In fact, the path to becoming a clinical psychiatrist requires many years of schooling. Starting with an undergraduate degree program and concluding with years of practice in a residency.

As it is stated above, the main duties of psychiatrist are to diagnose and treat patients with mental disorders. But, clinical psychiatrists may prescribe medication or suggest therapy based on patient’s needs. In a more detail, psychiatrist job description includes prescribe medication, recommend therapy. Additionally, they hold regular discussions with patients in order to diagnose mental disorders or assess a patient’s response to treatment.

Psychiatrists who work with hospitalized patients need to work together with other professionals to arrange treatment plans and monitor progress. Moreover, as psychiatrist will interact with patients, so having strong communication skills will be effective at counseling patients.

Here are some typical employers of mental health nurses:

  • The NHS
  • General, psychiatric and secure hospitals
  • Residential and nursing homes,
  • Community and rehabilitation units.
  • Special units within prisons

To become a professional psychiatrist, one should complete the process and get the license and certificate. Besides, you also should have skills for mental health nurses, such as follows:

  • Good health and fitness
  • The ability to empathise with people
  • Good understanding of the theories of mental health and illness
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina

So, how much does a psychiatric nurse make? As of January 2017, a psychiatric unit salary is $70,571, with a range usually between $64,595 – $79,776. The salary can be different depends on wide varieties of factors. But, certified psychiatrists can earn more, the salaries in 2015 averaged more than $190,000. This makes psychiatry becomes a fast growing field.


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