Hi, all. I have come to a crossroads in my program, where I have to choose between child psych CNS and adult psych NP. I like children and adults equally. My question is, are there any child psych CNS jobs left--and not as "staff educator," that is really not what I want to do. In GA, the CNS=NP in psych and they prescribe equally under the doctor's oversight. In Jan 2012 the CNS will achieve APRN status here for all specialties, in fact. But I don't plan to live here forever. The coursework is the same for the college--both take health assessment, loads of pharmacology, and diagnosis.
Do other states recognize the psych CNS? Do they practice as the NPs do, or do they have more of a therapist/educator role? Is it worth going CNS to get the certification in children--as programs around here are rare on the children, it is all adults' psych.
At this point, I would like to go with the one with better job opportunities and add on a certificate--much later--for the other. Any advice? TIA!!