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Psychiatric nursing is a specialized nursing response to people experiencing problems between cognitive, behavioral or emotional functioning. Nurses at the University of Michigan Health System’s Psychiatric Hospitals provide patient-centered care in order to meet the physical, maturational, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients.

Join the talented nursing professionals who embody The Michigan Difference, and exhibit excellence in the field of Psychiatric nursing.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) inpatient program offers inpatient psychiatric care for a variety of childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. State-of-the-art care is provided for mood, anxiety, psychosis, behavioral and developmental disorders.

The professional nursing staff is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides diagnosis and treatment. Treatment can include individual or group therapy, family therapy, parent guidance and medication. The program also provides academic assessments and advocates for a patient’s educational needs in coordination with his/her school staff.

The CAP inpatient program has a 14-bed unit in the Neuroscience Hospital Building. . The length of stay is seven days on average but ultimately is determined by the patient’s condition. Since this unit is designed to address psychiatric crises, most patients are first evaluated in Psychiatric Emergency Services.

Psychiatric Emergency Service
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages. The following services are provided; psychiatric evaluation, treatment recommendations; crisis intervention; screening for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and mental health and substance abuse treatment referral information. Psychiatric Emergency Services is a joint program with the Department of Psychiatry and the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO).

9C- Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
9C is a 25 bed Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, of which, 4 beds are dedicated to our Behavioral Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 9C offers inpatient diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive treatment plans to patients with serious psychiatric disorders. Treatment planning includes recommendations for appropriate psychotherapeutic, psychosocial and psychopharmacological (medication) treatments, with vocational treatments following discharge. We emphasize coordinating these recommendations with ongoing or subsequent psychiatric management. Patients also may be invited to participate in a variety of approved diagnostic and treatment research programs. We are actively engaged in research in the areas of schizophrenia, psycho-immunology and affective disorders.