Common Nursing Complaints & Psych NP's - Not As Bad? - page 2

Hello All! I am an aspiring Psych NP currently taking my prerequisite classes. I have been reading and searching through this board for many months now (and will continue to) in order to try and... Read More

  1. Visit  MookieBSNRN profile page
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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.
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  2. Visit  SmoothJams profile page
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    Quote from MookieBSNRN
    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....
  3. Visit  MookieBSNRN profile page
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    Quote from SmoothJams
    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....
    Hi Smoothjams, my post was not directed at you, except for the low responses part. In general there as been an increase of posts from people seeking information regarding the psych np and some appear to have no experience in the field and do focus on the income potential and high demand. My post was directed to those with no psych experience so they can really understand what this specialty is about before jumping into a MSN or DNP program.
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  4. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Quote from SmoothJams
    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.
    lol, smoothjams, I too opted to go into this field instead of pursuing a PhD in clinical psych! And for the record, I have a strong background in mental health as well, mostly conducting assessments and differential diagnosis with clinical populations. I don't think any of us are just here for the money.

    Where are you looking to apply?
  5. Visit  mojopsych profile page
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    Hi all,

    I'm a PMHNP and I did not have psych experience prior to becoming an NP, but that was only because I got a great offer to work as a CVICU RN instead. I've always had a love for psych but I was actually scared of it initially after my nursing school psych clinicals. Before I started my NP program I shadowed a Psych NP and loved it!! I graduated undergrad and grad school with a 4.0 and acclimated into my current role easily with no prior psych experience. I did, however, try to get as much clinical experience as possible. I opted for all of the "hard" clinical sites, like psych ERs, rehab facilities, MHMRs, etc. and I did not just sit back and watch!! I participated and tried to do as much as I could on my own and I never hesitated to ask questions or admit when I didn't know something.
    I'm writing all of this to say that I don't feel that psych experience is needed to be a good Psych NP but one should truly want to make a difference in the field. I love my patients and I don't think that anyone who doesn't really want to help those with psychiatric disorders would do well at this job.
    I have good days and bad days but I never leave work wanting to do anything else but this. I actually look forward to going to work (most days)!! I work 4-10 hour weekdays in a private practice seeing children, adolescents, and adults and do hospital rounds every 6th weekend. I'm in Texas and I believe that the pay typically starts in the high $90's but could easily be six figures for a new grad with good clinical experience, research experience, and good grades.
    Anyway, I'm not sure if I answered the OP's initial questions but I hope that I have. I guess I'll have to sit back and await punishment for the Psych NP Illuminati!! BTW, I am willing to answer anyone's questions but I'm usually pretty busy so it might take a while.
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    Hey Myelin!

    I am looking to apply at Yale, University of California San Fran, Columbia, and Oregon Health & Science. Their curriculums seem to be the most comprehensive as far as direct-entry programs go. U of Penn's Psych NP masters has a great curriculum too, but isn't a direct entry program
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    Thanks for the input mojo. Please know that if you face the wrath of the Psych NP Illuminati, your sacrifice will have been appreciated.

    Are there any other brave Psych NPs out there who will step forward and share their perspective....?
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  8. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Hey Smoothjams, good luck! I was admitted to Columbia but I will be starting at UCSF this summer for the MEPN program and will be doing family psych NP. Actually, Penn's program is direct entry. They have an accelerated BSN/MSN program, you are admitted for the BSN and your MSN specialty. I was admitted there as well and almost attended. Don't count them out, their program is really, really amazing.
  9. Visit  angelalala profile page
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    I'm another "chose not to do PhD Psych" student. . .I'm going the traditional route and just finishing my RN pt (and working as a master's level therapist) before applying to an NP program. Already having one MA, I'm really afraid of maxing out on student loans.
  10. Visit  Baggins1215 profile page
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    Hello! I am a family PMHNP and love it. I used to get on here when I was an RN and would look for psych NP posts, but you're right, there's not a lot of us on here I don't think. I would recommend working as a psych RN first before choosing this path. It's not for everyone. Plus I think it helped grad school go so much smoother because I had a lot of clinical experience already. If you like working with this population though (which I do) then it's great. I can say I really do love my job. I work in a rural setting in Idaho so the salary isn't quite six figures, but cost of living is low here and I qualified for 100% loan repayment. Hope this helps. For anyone thinking about this route-don't be discouraged! Just get some experience first. Oh, and there are TONS of jobs. I had four different job offers before I left school and that's out here in Idaho!
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  11. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Hey Baggins, thanks for the post! I am taking out significant (scary) debt for my MSN, so I'm glad to hear you were able to get loan repayment. I hope this holds true 2-3 years from now. Do you like your job? How autonomous would you say your work is?
  12. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    ok.. I will try not to be a part of conspiracy designed to reduce market saturation for Psych NPs. LOL!! I am just telling you about how I feel.

    I am graduating from a psych NP program in a few days. As I posted earlier, I live in a Southeastern state.

    I speculate that the job opportunities are not equal around the countries.
    But the truth of the matter is there are lots more jobs nationally or at least locally for family nurse practitioners.
    PMHNP is kind of a new kid on the block here in this state. The employers and patients still don't know about it and psychiatrists
    are utilized more for inpatient settings here. Sadly, some psychiatrists don't even know what PMHNP can do.

    Yes, as of "now", I believe that we still can find a job if we are flexible about moving around the state. But here is my opinion on the job market. It's "not" because there are "more job openings or greater mobility" for PMHNP. In fact, there are significantly "less" job openings for PMHNP here than many other NP specialties. It's just because in the past recent years there are not many graduates in this state. They plan to increase the enrollment and more people apply so I expect that the supply could meet the demand soon "if" new job opportunities are not created here. I am planning to go back for post-master in FNP or etc soon for better job mobility and expanding my horizon.

    I will keep you guys posted when I actually enter the job market.
    Most of my classmates already settled for jobs starting at low $80,000. A job at a state organization starts at mid $70,000.
    I know it's not bad but that's far 6 figures. RN can still make that much.
    The salary may be higher somewhere else but the fact is that it's not like that everywhere around the country.

    I will keep you guys posted about the job market as I am now entering into it.
    Last edit by harmonizer on Apr 30, '12
  13. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    Quote from Baggins1215
    I qualified for 100% loan repayment.
    How long after working before you get that repayment back?


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