I am not an NP, but have been a psych nurse in the Philadelphia area for 25 years. The last company I worked for (I won't say their name directly so as not to invoke the evil spirits that cloak them
! ) contracts out psych services to jails/prisons on most of the Eastern seaboard. They employ lots of psych NP's. You might look into your local prison system (you don't say where you're from) because chances are you'll find a wide variety of interesting cases and learning experiences. It can be a little depressing, tho, because your treatment choices are somewhat limited by the prison's security policies, and the fact that most local jurisdictions are very stingy with funding for prisons, and therefore for psych programming, although minimum standards must be met by law.
I enjoyed working in the prison system for almost 10 years before I had to go out on medical disability, and if I were not so old (56) I would have gone back to school to be a psych NP. Best of luck in whatever you do.
Dave Dunn, RN