Psych nurse practitioner - page 2

I just got accepted into a psych nurse practitioner program....However, I now have a second thought on accepting it after talking to a couple of PA and MD. I was told that unless I have some sort of... Read More

  1. Visit  Ellen NP profile page
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    I should also note that I get several recruitment notices each week from all over the US.
  2. Visit  marilynmom profile page
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    I just spoke with someone here in my area about the demand for Psych NPs and she said I will have offers before Im done with school. She said they are VERY MUCH in demand in my area (sigh of relief for me), there are not enough RNs in school to become PsychNPs. And as you know the field of psych is growing by leaps and bounds.

    But I will say I dont see any jobs advertised in the paper or online--so dont go by that. I was really worried about that before I was able to speak to more people about it who actually are the ones looking and doing the hiring.
  3. Visit  Mental1 profile page
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    I have even had one headhunter try to get to me through my husband by offering him his dream job in operations a power plant in order to persuade me into moving and accepting a job I don't really want. Anywhere in midwest is in high need for psych np's. Anyone close to graduation put a resume up on Monster, you will more calls in 24 hours than you can handle!
  4. Visit  luckylady5 profile page
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    Can anyone give insight as to the need for/compensation for psych NPs in the Boston area? Thank you!
  5. Visit  Mental1 profile page
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    my instructor told us with the need here (midwest) not to take anything less than 90k. I would assume that would apply (compensation wise) to the Boston area.
  6. Visit  ok2bme profile page
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    Wow 90k starting out? That's better than I thought! I'm so torn between psych NP and psychologist, not that pay is everything but it definitely piques my interest towards NP.
  7. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    I am in the state where Psych NPs do not have much autonomy; therefore, starting salary may not be as much as in the midwest (not 90k). I got mixed response regarding demand VS supply from NPs working in this state. I was told by one professor that they only hire psychiatrists and social workers in the city area.
  8. Visit  Mental1 profile page
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    Check out the job board on the APNA website, Monster, or the NHSC.gov
    You should be able to get some good leads that way. I had offers from clinical rotations, other agencies in town that applied to that did not have openings advertised, and from the above sources and recruiters.
  9. Visit  westcoastgirl profile page
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    they are definitely in demand on the west coast those grads have the easiest time finding employment and with great pay too. I don't know anything about South Dakota but if you move then you can't go wrong with psych NP route
  10. Visit  foxyhill21 profile page
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    They are in demand in texas also, They make six figures...
  11. Visit  foxyhill21 profile page
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    What state are you in?

    Quote from harmonizer
    I am in the state where Psych NPs do not have much autonomy; therefore, starting salary may not be as much as in the midwest (not 90k). I got mixed response regarding demand VS supply from NPs working in this state. I was told by one professor that they only hire psychiatrists and social workers in the city area.
  12. Visit  ruralnurs profile page
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    I recently graduated as an FNP in 2006 and just last week finished my post masters as a psych NP. I have had way more interest in me as a psych NP than an FNP. I wanted to work in out patient family medicine but got a much better offer as a hospital based NP in a mental health unit.

    Contact your SBON to see if you can find any psych NPs and talk to them. Call your local mental health center to see if they employ NPs and the VA usually hires lots of NPs. Nursing homes are contracting with psychiatrists and psych NPs as well as Hospice. That may depend on how independent your state allows you to be. Even some big ERs will hire a psych NP for the numerous psych patients that present. One of my preceptors focused most of her time with kids and she contacted a pediatrician and he hired her after she graduated. He loved having a psych NP in his practice for the kids he saw. Another classmate had been an OB nurse and got her psych NP so approached a big OB/GYN practice and they gave her a job doing referrals within their own practice. If you don't find something in your face, look for a job you can create.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by ruralnurs on Aug 11, '10 : Reason: spelling
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  13. Visit  TwilightRNurse profile page
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    I am interested in going the psych route for NP. My question is what does a psych NP do? I have no desire to be a FNP or ACNP. I going back and forth between cardiac NP and psych NP. I have one year left in my program.

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