Hi, I graduate from an adult pmhnp program next year. I also have colleagues who will be in pmhcns tract. I understand that in some states the cns can not prescribe. What is the difference between scope of practice?
Is is mostly the managment of med for the NP's. It seems that CNS's in massachusetts do the same as well.
Some people say the adult scope is 13-85+ others 18-85+. I have also been told by a FNP professor that as a PMHNP I may have to do an emergency physical and that would be in my scope due to the NP training. Seems strange? Is is up to us to determine our scope? The state of massachusetts is not clear on the board site as to the ages for treatment.The ANCC site indicates 13+. Mass BON also separates NP's and CNS's however doesnt include the Psych NP because it is a fairly new speciality.
Is anyone else as confused as me with this? I know that Psych is a crazy field, however it shouldn't be this difficult to navigate.
Any light shed would be wonderful. How is the job Market in Mass for psych NP's newly graduated, but with RN experience?
May 23, '10
Quote from zenman
I think it all depends on your state BON. I trained as a PCNS years ago and the focus was not on meds or physicals. I'm now a PMHNP student doing my preceptorship at a military base. Psychiatrists here do their own physicals, which means I also crank them out. Once you get them down it's no big deal, although I doubt I'll be doing them in the civilian world.
Zenman, I have been paying attention to your posts. Your apparently an active-duty grunt and doing your clinicals in a military setting. I have ten years prior service and will be in the strap program program soon and be a reservist. I anticipate being deployed eventualy as an NP. My question is what are the active duty Psych NPs doing? Have you seen them in practice? How broad is there scope? I'm in the FNP program, but am interested in a psych post masters being as I have more than a little experience there. vAs I'm sure your aware, the Army is mucho hungry for both specialties.
Last edit by t2krookie on May 23, '10