i am in a fnp+pmhnp+mhcns program (custom curriculum)and am looking for advice.
the psych portion is referred to as a “blended” program that prepares us for taking both the pmhnp and psych cns certification exam. i added the fnp portion to allow flexibility in options and with the goal of being a one stop shop for the mentally ill. i’m sure i don’t need to tell this forum that there is lots of co-morbidities in the older psych population).
any who, most in my program are only interested in doing the pmhnp certification and the few cns minded folks are not interested in the pmhnp certification. i’m still a year and a half away from graduation, but i’m trying to look ahead to my options/possibilities. does anyone here know a dual certified psychnp/psychcns nurse?
if not, speculation about the following questions would still be welcome. my specific questions are:
1 what are the common roles for a cns with psych np cert ?
2 what advantages might testing for my cns afford ?
3 what disadvantages might exist to dual certification (not fnp but the dual mhnp/cns) ?
4 what question should i be asking that i have not ?
your responses would be most welcome. if it helps, i have 10+ years of psych experience and about the same in critical care(ed, icu, telemetry, ltac), and own/operate an assisted living home for mentally ill.