Sample Psychiatric Nurse Resume


  • Experienced, responsible and compassionate psychiatric charge nurse.
  • Background characterized by superior academic achievement in psychology, nursing, and substance abuse.
  • Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Patient populations served:
  • Inpatient: Geriatrics, adults, adolescents and children with acute and chronic severe mental illness. Addictions and detox, dual diagnosis, ECT, dementia (including Alzheimer’s and AIDS), PTSD, forensic psychiatry, residential treatment centers.
  • Inpatient research: Children and adolescents with early onset schizophrenia, bipolar illness, autism, ADHD, rage disorders, impulse control disorders. Adults with chronic schizophrenia and bipolar illness.
  • Community Setting: Group home adults with PDD, MR, MI.
  • Outpatient: Medication clinic supporting adults with chronic MI.

  • Education

    Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counseling Program Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA

  • All didactic requirements met for certification in Addictions Counseling
  • GPA: 4.00
  • B.S. Nursing May 1996 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • GPA: 3.98: Graduated with Highest Distinction
  • B.A. Psychology, May 1992 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • GPA: 4.00: Graduated with Highest Distinction.

  • License And Certifications

  • DC RN License- RN100000
  • CPR- BLSC- exp January, 2005
  • Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Completion of 2 phases of 4 required for certification in Holistic Nursing

  • Nursing Experience

    Immaculate Healthcare Services, Inc. Washington, DC 20002 October 2004 – Present
    Independent Psychiatric Nurse Contractor

    Memphis Mental Health Institute Memphis, TN January 2004 – February 2004
    Travel Nurse

  • Evening staff/charge RN on Forensic Unit

  • Psychiatric Institute of Washington Washington, DC October 2002 – April 2003

    Charge Nurse

  • Management and supervision of 37 bed acute adult psychiatric unit.
  • Supervision and treatment of medically compromised patients.

  • George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC April 2002 – October 2002

    Charge Nurse

  • Management and supervision of 20 bed adolescent psychiatric unit.
  • Supervision and training of para-professionals caring for children and adolescents with neurologically based rage behaviors.

  • Winchester Medical Center Winchester, VA January 2001 – August 2001

    Clinical Nurse

  • Managing the care of a wide variety of patients requiring acute psychiatric treatment.
  • Adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients.

  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD August 1999 –December 2001

    Clinical Research Nurse

  • Primary nurse on multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive health care to children and adolescents in a psychiatric research environment.
  • Assuming 24-hour responsibility for the nursing care of the patient from admission to discharge.
  • Designing, directing, and implementing teaching plans to meet specific learning needs in relation to the disease process, treatment regimen, and/or research protocol.
  • Collecting data according to the protocol for research studies.
  • Supporting and managing patient through medication wash-out and complicated research procedures.
  • Making administrative decisions regarding the clinical regimen and the management of incidents related to patient care and safety.

  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Falls Church, VA April 1997 – August 1999

    Staff Nurse

  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individual patient care based on biopsychosocial needs.
  • Establishing priorities, assigning, supervising, guiding and directing nursing care delivered by staff nurses and paraprofessionals.
  • Delegating duties based on patient need and staff ability. Closely supervising staff caring for patients on special observations that are physically ill etc.
  • Documenting in medical record and assuring that documentation by others occurs around significant care issues and is in keeping with established standards and policies.
  • Providing education on one-to-one basis in relation to medications, general health, hygiene, ADL’s and interpersonal relationships to facilitate transition into the community.
  • Planning and teaching groups on medication education, health education and relapse prevention.
  • Administering medications, assessing for side effects and EPS. Assessing need for PRN medication.
  • Providing a safe and therapeutic milieu, including identification and intervention to early cues to agitation.