Mookiepsychnp 1,681 Views
Joined Jul 18, '10.
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Honestly I think there isn't many responses as there aren't a ton of psych nurses out there. For those of you that are really interested in getting into psych, I would suggest working as a psych nurse first. It is not a job for everyone and can be emotionally draining as well as rewarding. I have seen many nurses without psych experience quit after one or two days when they realize it is not what they thought it would be. I went back into psych nursing in August 10' and started my psych np program in Jan 11' and it has been valuable having the actual experiences correlate with my education. For those that are direct entry students without any psych experience I would suggest working as an MHA (mental health associate) to really get a true understanding of this field. It is definitely not a specialty that should be chosen only because it is "in demand" or has high income potential.
I don't think anyone here was suggesting this in any way. I was originally planning to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and decided that the Psych NP path was a better choice for me for several reasons. And for the record, I currently work at a hospital, have worked in several divisions, and also volunteer in the psychiatric division.
To be clear, just because folks are aware of the income potential or high demand for something and include that concept in their discussions doesn't mean that is the only reason they are interested in it. Also, the point of this thread was to try and solicit input from those with experience in the field, due to an awareness of the potential hazards and pitfalls. Read the first post.
But I will agree with you that perhaps the lack of responses to these types of threads is mainly due to low numbers...and the iron fist of the Psych NP Illuminati....
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