Psych nurse practitioner - page 3

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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 inside track, it would be... Read More


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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.
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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
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    They are in demand in texas also, They make six figures...
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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.
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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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    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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    I'm in the middle of a FNP program and was looking at the government job listings... They were mainly Psych NP jobs! The PsychNP jobs were paying more than any of the others too (about 90k). If you're willing to relocate, it seems like a smart thing to do! Good luck!
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    I love hearing these promising posts about Psych NP jobs....Psych NP is what I really want to do as far as personal interest, but being employable at the end of the journey will certainly increase career satisfaction. Lets hope the trends stay the same for the foreseeable future!

    Quick question that hijacks a little: I am at the early stages of this career path (was in academia/research, but now want a clinical career).

    The path I have learned about, and assumed was right for my desires in psych is RN with BSN to NP with MSN (or DNP down the road if necessary). However, PA schools are also out there as similar to NP work - but - for Psych, is it true that NP would be a more appropriate credential?

    My NP preference came from considering the course sequences at a few schools, and also talking to a friend who is Psy.D. However, many are praising the rigor of PA schools to me, and I wanted to be sure I wasn't prematurely ruling it out.

    But, that I can tell, PA school doesn't give much if any prep in Psychiatric, it seems A PA gains specialty experience through internship. I do see job postings that require either NP or PA for Psych positions...... so it must be possible.

    Hope someone more in the know than myself can help me out

    Thanks!
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    I love hearing these promising posts about Psych NP jobs....Psych NP is what I really want to do as far as personal interest, but being employable at the end of the journey will certainly increase career satisfaction. Lets hope the trends stay the same for the foreseeable future!

    Quick question that hijacks a little: I am at the early stages of this career path (was in academia/research, but now want a clinical career).

    The path I have learned about, and assumed was right for my desires in psych is RN with BSN to NP with MSN (or DNP down the road if necessary). However, PA schools are also out there as similar to NP work - but - for Psych, is it true that NP would be a more appropriate credential?

    My NP preference came from considering the course sequences at a few schools, and also talking to a friend who is Psy.D. However, many are praising the rigor of PA schools to me, and I wanted to be sure I wasn't prematurely ruling it out.

    But, that I can tell, PA school doesn't give much if any prep in Psychiatric, it seems A PA gains specialty experience through internship. I do see job postings that require either NP or PA for Psych positions...... so it must be possible.

    Hope someone more in the know than myself can help me out

    Thanks!
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    i am pmhnp-adult only, i got a job in az for 86k within last few yrs, then in another city in az for 126k, and a third place offered 119k. i have friends who have been offered even higher pay in az. i have been applying in ca and most are around 85-100k. the most difficult part about getting my first job was that most places wanted at least 1 yr experience post grad school-though i think all the students who graduated from school with me had jobs soon after graduating, and as far as i know they are all still employed or have private practices.

    i think this is a very employable field. there are a lot of jobs, though not always exactly in the location where you want to be. also, you can do therapy and medication- no other masters level providers can do both.

    i have a counseling psychology masters, and started a psy d program (decided to change to pmhnp). i feel pmhnp gives me the most flexibility- can work in any setting (hospital, private practice, community), can bill most insurance (including medicare and medicaid), can bill for therapy or medication management, shortest time in school, and most independence in practice. i would definitely suggest pmhnp route vs counseling, sw, or psyd. pa's often aren't hired in psych, but there was 1 i worked with in the past. pa's also have to be supervised by md and nps in several states have completely independent practice. nursing school was a terrible experience for me, but i enjoy being an np and working with pts.

    recommendation for pmhnp during pmhnp program-i would ask to do a graduate internal medicine rotation-even if it is just a few weeks of observing. i end up having a lot of abnml labs coming back and i always refer to pcp for treatemnt and further assessment, but i feel like internal med is my weakest area (diabetes, heart/cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease are probably most relevant). there seems to be a big push in psychiatry for psychiatrists to be able to manage medical complications of mental illness or treatments- eg antipsychotic induced high chol, esp since many mentally ill only get care through psychiatry and have poor fup with pcp. eventually this may also be true for nps. a lot of programs don't focus on therapy training, so you might ask around if a sw, counselor, psychologist, or other types of providers will let you sit in on groups or other therapy training-even if all you do is observe it is very helpful experience to have.
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