Hey everybody, I'm a psychiatric NP student at UT-Austin. I have a year left in my program. I'm interested in practicing in a state that allows for independent or mostly independent practice, and I'm also interested in moving to California.
I'm seeing from the Pearson Report that California has a rating of C... and I'm seeing some limiting regulatory language from the California legislature and BRN. It's still an improvement from Texas' D, where there seems to be a wide range of APRN experiences based on the relationship with the APRN's "collaborating" (="supervising") physician. Although I don't like Texas' regulatory climate, I love the energy of Texas APRNs, at least from my POV in Austin and at UT, where the capitol is next door and APRNs are pushing long and hard for autonomous practice in this legislative session.
I understand that experiences vary individually, but I was wondering if anybody had any comments about what the advanced practice environment is like generally in California. What is the political climate like for nurses? Do you feel like you have a lot of autonomy to do your job? What do you like and not like about being an APRN in California?