Just curious...does anyone know how psych NP salaries compare to adult care and acute care NP's?
Psych NP's usually make quite a bit more money IF you can actually find a job in that field. There are some psychiatrists in my town (pop >300,000) and they use NP's/PA's to refill medications...in fact, a FNP can do that job without any further training (I confirmed this with the TX BON). In my city, the psychiatrists really restrict what a Psych NP can do. The Psych NP's aren't allowed to see patients on the psych units or see new patients. They aren't allowed to give a "new" diagnosis to the patients either...just refill meds and monitor labs. One of the psychiatrists pays a FNP $20/pt to refill prescriptions. I believe she averages 4 patients per hour...$$$$! The good thing is that she can always leave and go into another field if she gets burned out (easy to do in psych). However, a Psych NP is STUCK and can only work in psych. I would check to see how the psychiatrists practice in your location before wasting a bunch of $$$ on school.
Last edit by ANPFNPGNP on Feb 16, '09