Hi! Long time reader, first time poster here. I'm currently working to obtain my BSN and I'm looking at NP grad schools
to attend after I obtain my BSN. I'm really interested in the Psych-Mental Health NP profession, but I haven't been able to find too much information about it here in the site. If anyone could answer any of the following questions, I'd greatly appreciate it!:
1) Am I severely limiting myself opportunity-wise by planning to go directly into PMHNP? Or would I be better off by going the FNP route and then try to obtain a certification in PMHNP? I've already decided to go the NP route rather than the PA route, however I don't know if I might be inadvertently be locking myself into something.
2) The plan is to go directly into grad school after obtaining my BSN, however I've read that some new grad NP's are having trouble finding jobs since they have no prior nursing experience. Does anyone know if this applies to psychiatric-mental health new grads with no experience?
3) Would anyone happen to know what the job market for PMHNP's is like right about now? I would ideally like to work for the government (the VA, for example), but am still curious about the job market as a whole.
4) And finally, which might be a ridiculous question but I have to ask, but is the PMHNP profession dangerous? It may be foolish to listen to a "friend of a friend's friend" when I was told this, but he said that you would have to worry about stalkers or mentally instable people that might target you after treating them in the office. Ridiculous most likely, I know, but I just thought I'd ask regardless.
If anyone can answer any of these, it would greatly be appreciated, as these are really the burning questions in my mind that I haven't been able to find any info on anywhere. Thanks in advance! :spin: