PMHNP salary and Forensic PMHNP

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    Hi everyone, I'm new to allnurses. I posted this in a different section, but I think it was the wrong one.
    Once I receive my BSN, I want to go on to get a DNP as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I'm mostly interested in doing medication management. What is the typical salary like for a PMHNP doing mainly medication management and psych evals as their main job? Money isn't my reason for choosing psych. I've wanted to go into psych since I entered nursing school and that hasn't changed. However, it's always nice to know what salary I should expect, especially as a new grad.

    I know that Pain management is actually a sub-specialty of psych. I'm considering sub-specializing in PM and I would like to manage pain meds as well. Is this possible for a PMHNP given the scope of practice? I would be sure to add Pain clinicals into my rotations. Is this something I'll be able to do?


    Forensic psychiatry is becoming a small interest of mine. I'm not seriously considering it but I'd love to learn more about it. Does anybody know if PMHNPs are allowed to do forensic psych? What would their typical duties be?

    Thank you!

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    Depends on the area of the country. I've always made 6 figures right out of school.
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    What duties does your job entail? What area and setting do you work in?
    What's the best area for a new psych NP grad to work in?
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    Quote from Applehead
    What duties does your job entail? What area and setting do you work in?
    What's the best area for a new psych NP grad to work in?
    I'm a contractor for the military and we do very well, lol! I work in an outpatient setting and I'm the only prescriber on a 13 person embedded team. The best area depends on the type of country you like nearby, desert, forests, etc..
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    How does billing and reimbursements work for psych NPs? What's the break down for what you can charge for services: med management vs therapy vs evals.
    Also, how independent are you in your practice? Does it require you to collaborate with a psychiatrist?
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    Re: billing. Etc. if you go over to the student doctor network (sdn forums) under psychiatry , there is some discussion about billing. I prefer to get an hourly rate so I don't have to worry about not being paid.Physician collaboration is mandatory in most of the states. I always found it helpful but now I work in indep states and that is easier. You can always find someone to ask questions.
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    I get paid a salary and just put the appropriate code in the EMR. I don't worry about any charges. In fact I hardly worry about anything....
    kylejoe244 and Rob_RN like this.
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    Quote from Applehead
    What is the typical salary like for a PMHNP doing mainly medication management and psych evals as their main job?
    Like Zenman said, depends on the area of the country. I do not want to go any more specific and I don't think anyone should because it varies greatly based on where you are in the country, cost of living, and local demand. Overall, as a whole, I think we are poorly compensated. I had to pack up and move out of my home state and decline some offers because of surprising low starting salary.

    Quote from Applehead
    Is this possible for a PMHNP given the scope of practice? I would be sure to add Pain clinicals into my rotations. Is this something I'll be able to do?
    You need FNP. Never know any PMHNP that do pain management.

    Quote from Applehead
    Forensic psychiatry is becoming a small interest of mine. I'm not seriously considering it but I'd love to learn more about it. Does anybody know if PMHNPs are allowed to do forensic psych? What would their typical duties be?
    I know PMHNP who get hired in the forensic unit in a state Hospital. You could work there. I don’t know her specific duty.
    Last edit by harmonizer on Jan 15, '13
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    Pain management is NOT a sub-speciality of psych, Addictions is.
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    I've been in psych for ~30 years and have never encountered a pain management psych person. The pain management people (specialists) I've run into over the years have all been anesthesia folks.


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