How much does a Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit make in the United States? The average Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary in the United States is $111,389 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $94,952 and $128,464. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salary $79,986 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salary $94,952 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salary $111,389 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salary $128,464 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit Salary $144,010 US January 26, 2024
25% $94,952 10% $79,986 90% $144,010 75% $128,464 $111,389 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.

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Infection control: Infection control is the discipline concerned with preventing nosocomial or healthcare-associated infection, a practical (rather than academic) sub-discipline of epidemiology. It is an essential, though often underrecognized and undersupported, part of the infrastructure of health care. Infection control and hospital epidemiology are akin to public health practice, practiced within the confines of a particular health-care delivery system rather than directed at society as a whole. Anti-infective agents include antibiotics, antibacterials, antifungals, antivirals and antiprotozoals. Infection control addresses factors related to the spread of infections within the healthcare setting (whether patient-to-patient, from patients to staff and from staff to patients, or among-staff), including prevention (via hand hygiene/hand washing, cleaning/disinfection/sterilization, vaccination, surveillance), monitoring/investigation of demonstrated or suspected spread of infection within a particular health-care setting (surveillance and outbreak investigation), and management (interruption of outbreaks). It is on this basis that the common title being adopted within health care is "infection prevention and control."

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Mental Health: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Leadership 7.72%
Infection control 1.35%
Mental Health 0.87%
Others 90.06%

Job Description for Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit

Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit directs nursing service activities for assigned patients in the psychiatric unit. Delegates responsibilities to auxiliary and psychiatric staff nurses; supervises preparation and maintenance of psychiatric patient clinical records, and writes reports on psychiatric staff performance and services rendered. Being a Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit maintains pre-set inventory standards for solutions, supplies, medicines and equipment, and keeps track of narcotics. Requires a bachelor's degree in nursing. Additionally, Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit requires Registered Nurse (RN). Typically reports to a director. The Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs. True first level manager. Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets. Has full authority for personnel actions. To be a Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit typically requires 5 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor. 1-3 years supervisory experience may be required. Extensive knowledge of the function and department processes. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit, the highest Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary is in Miami, FL, where the Head Nurse - Psychiatric Unit salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-2.9%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-0.7%

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