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    Have you been practicing as a FPMHNP for 2 and 1/2 years? What is your time regarding experience in nursing before your graduate degree? I graduated in May of 2007 and worked on my temporary license for 6 months, but then I had some fairly complicated "back problems" and could not work for a while. I have been teaching since then, because it is physically possible for me to perform in a teaching role. I still want to work as a FPMHNP, but I am having some difficult passing the certification exam. It seems that I am not the only one in this area with that difficulty (NE Texas and SW Arkansas). Has anyone taken the new exam , which began on March 1st of this year. One of my classmates did FNP and then went on to finish her FPMHNP. She passed her FNP certification, but was not successful with the psychiatric one. We need some advice or help! I have studied everything that is available, except for the new online practice test. Has anyone accessed that yet? Just need some friendly advice from someone who has been successful with this exam. I like teaching, but it just was not I worked so hard in graduate school to accomplish.Please help!!!
    Phoenix 2010

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    I am an Adult Psych NP; I just passed the exam and will start my new job in few weeks. I live in Iowa.
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    Hi, I took the child & adolescent CNS mental health exam and then took the family MHNP exam, passed them both. Have been working as a psych NP for about 5 years now. Prior to that, worked on an inpatient unit in several areas. Looking for the best state to start an independent practice in. Good luck in passing the exam!
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    I'm glad I found this post - many of the PMHNP questions are going unanswered. I am currently trying to decide if I am going to apply to a direct entry PMHNP program, and I'm wondering if some of you could tell me about your experiences in the profession. I've done a lot of work in psychiatric research, and thought I would pursue psychiatry in some form, but I'm not sure I want to make the commitment to medical school. If any of you could answer a few questions for me about your career, I would really appreciate it!

    -What is your day-to-day schedule like?
    -How much autonomy do you have?
    -What are the main differences between your job and a psychiatrist?

    A little about me: I'm 25 and searching for the right career. I have always known that I belong in health care, and I'm fascinated by the mind and passionate about reducing stigmas of mental illness and addressing the shortage of mental health workers in rural and otherwise undeserved areas. I would like to be able to do international field work before I have children, and when I do have children I would like to work less than full time for a couple of years. I was recently accepted into medical school, but I'm not sure the 8 years of training and then the years of debt reduction will fit into the lifestyle I want. As I came across nurse-practitioners, I felt like maybe I hit the career lottery...I'm looking forward to your input!

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