Family vs. Adult PMHNP

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    I am currently in the process of applying to graduate programs for Mental Health NP. My interests within this field lie in PTSD, rape, and eating disorders. I have been trying to find what the difference in my practice would be between the Family and Adult specialties. I have done multiple searches and can't find anything that tells me what the benefits and drawbacks would be between these two. Any guidance would be great! Thanks!

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    As an Adult PMHNP I can treat ages 13 and up. By choice our unit treats ages 18 and up. Other than that I didn't have to take a 2 credit hour course on child-related diagnoses or do clinical with rugrats.
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    Thank you Zenman! That is exactly what I needed to know. I understood that adult PMHNPs could work with adolescence to adults but there was no clear age stated. Appreciate the quick response.
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    No doubt. Choose Family PMHNP! The Adult PMHNP certification will be retired in 2014.
    I am looking to go back to transition to Family PMHNP. There is a benefit of being able to treat all ages especially in a community health center.. sometimes you just can't avoid seeing kid...
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    I hadn't heard that the Adult PMHNP was being discontinued. Are they retiring the child PMHNP as well and combining them into the Family PMHNP?
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    Quote from KatiW
    I hadn't heard that the Adult PMHNP was being discontinued. Are they retiring the child PMHNP as well and combining them into the Family PMHNP?
    The Adult and Child PMHNP tracks are "casualties" of the APRN Consensus Model due for implementation in 2015. Psych NP tracks are being combined as one Family PMHNP. The CNS track is also headed the same direction.
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    Looks like Family PMHNP may be the way to go for anyone entering the field, as a way to avoid collateral damage of the pending changes.

    I'm entering my accelerated BSN program now (BS in biology, working in reproductive medicine lab currently)...would anyone be willing offer me some insights into the world of mental health nursing? So far most of what I've read has been about state facilities, how dangerous patients are, dont let them get between you and the door, etc. etc. and while that's fascinating, I have no personal desires to work in that sort of environment.

    I'm more curious of the dynamics of the patient interaction. With your PMHNP are you able to have a sit down and try to delve into the patients connection (or lack thereof) with reality, underlying mechanisms, trigger points, and explore the state of their psyche? Behavioral science and cognition has always been a passion of mine, so I'm very interested in what you all have to say. Thanks!

    -Dave
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    Quote from zenman
    As an Adult PMHNP I can treat ages 13 and up.
    I also heard 18+. 13+ or 18+? Which one is correct? It's important to tell potential employer so we can set the legal limit.
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    I think it depends on your state nurse practice act. NH wants your education and your certification to match. MA allows nurses to assume accountability for their practice and has guidelines to consider on their BON site.. This is all I've looked into so far. I am an adult CNS and am grateful for my limited child and adolescent experience. Some states seem to think of psych as the population. Or adult starting at specific ages.. ie13.. or 18..
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    Quote from Psychcns
    MA allows nurses to assume accountability for their practice and has guidelines to consider on their BON site..
    Are you in MA? What is the guideline and recommended legal limit for MA?


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