I'm new to the forums here at allnurses. I've been reading through the threads posted in the DD specialty folder and I've enjoyed the various topics that have been discussed!
About me, I am a pediatric nurse practitioner in North Carolina--I've been in active PNP practice for 3 years. Prior to that I had two years of peds RN experience (1 year in med-surg, another year in peds ortho). I work in primary care (doctor's office). I want to switch to developmental/behavioral pediatrics as an NP but I feel like I need to get additional training in that area. Towards that end, I'm thinking of pursuing a post-master's certificate in psych-mental health...it's the closest thing to DD training in this area...or at least that's what it seems like. The program director has strongly urged me to get some experience in psych mental health or DD...but I can't find anything in DD. My question to you all is: would working as a psych mental health nurse also provide some good experience for a future in DD? I have NO experience in psych mental healthy and very little "official" experience in DD--I do work with DD patients in my current PNP practice but it's more about doing their annual physicals, taking care of their colds...and less to do with actual DD interventions. I'm sorry if it seems like a simple question... I'd love to have your feedback!