Quote from chakra_nurse16
Thanks for the reply. No I'm not a nurse and I did explore becoming a dietitian but thought that I could be a diabetes educator as a psych nurse because I have different areas of psychairtic nursing that'd I'd like to explore and diabetes/eating disorders would be an area (my preferred) but I guess it really isnt an area?
No, "diabetes/eating disorders" isn't an area, as a combination. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder, and eating disorders are psychiatric disorders. Certainly, there are behavioral/emotional/psychosocial aspects to living and coping with diabetes, but psychiatric credentials of any kind are not necessary, or even considered an advantage, to working with diabetics in my experience. You could
be a diabetes educator as a psychiatric nurse, but you could be a diabetes educator coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, and becoming a psych NP because you're interested in being a diabetes educator is a very long, expensive, roundabout way of getting to where you say you want to be. You could specialize in working with eating disorders as a psychiatric nurse or a psych NP, but, again, the focus of your practice would be the psychiatric aspects of eating disorders, and eating disorder programs typically include dieticians/nutritionists in the treatment team who address and manage the nutritional aspects of treatment.
If your primary interest is nutrition, it really sounds like you're trying to fit a round peg into a square hole by focusing on nursing. There is some small attention to nutrition in nursing education and practice, but, in real life, it ends up being a v. minor aspect of nursing practice.
BTW, the site's TOS, which you agreed to when you joined, specify that we are not allowed to use titles we don't hold so, if you're not a nurse (RN or LPN), you should not be using "nurse" in your user name.
Best wishes for your journey!