Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Basic Advice :) - page 2

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Hi all! So, I have a Bachelors in Psychology and some Graduate courses in Social Work for my MSW. However, I want to switch careers to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In order to do so I need to receive my RN from a... Read More


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    Quote from LiLoRN
    So Zenman can you get credentialed with a post-master's certificate or do you have to have your degree in it??
    You can get a post masters certificate. You just can't work as in psych with just the regular FNP.
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    Quote from LiLoRN
    So Zenman can you get credentialed with a post-master's certificate or do you have to have your degree in it??
    If you have a masters in nursing you can do a post-masters certification. Also an FNP can do a post-masters in psych, or peds, or whatever and get certified in that area.
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    Hello all! I have some questions to those with some good advice....Question one...I have my RN, BSN and am thinking about going to University of South Alabama for Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The online program. What are your thoughts on online programs and on this one? Do you have any advice on good online programs? Question two... Im still unsure on FPNP, any advice or comments on this line of work?
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    I am struggling with this same issue. I am really interested in mental health/substance abuse but really don't want to go the DNP route. I am a much older student so don't want to waste years either! Are there ample jobs for psych NPs?
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    Hi all!
    So, I have a Bachelors in Psychology and some Graduate courses in Social Work for my MSW. However, I want to switch careers to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
    In order to do so I need to receive my RN from a community college and attend my RN - MSN with a psychiatric NP direction online (I can't quit full time work...I'm almost 30!)
    SO - here are my questions! And I thank you SO SO SO much in advance!

    1) has anyone attended an online RN - MSN or even BSN program? Thoughts?
    2) Do you have to do clinicals after your RN, how would I do those at an online school?
    3) I live in Maine and the community college here says there is a 3 year wait on clinicals? Are there other options?
    4) AM I COMPLETELY CRAZY FOR DOING THIS ALL OVER AGAIN?


    you are not crazy at all. I am 34 have MSW and MPH and feel like i have to play catch up as have to start all over to get to NP. I have to start 1 yr pre-reqs coz my bachelors is in business, so no sciences, then start an R 10 months accelerated 2015 summer finish 2016 then work as am applying for DNP since just my luck deadline for 2015 MSN for NP will be out oh God I will be 40 plus before I start enjoying the benfits of my work. why didn't I know about this things in my 20's.
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    Just so you know, there is no 2015 deadline. It's merely a recommendation (kind of like BSN for the RN, and we still have plenty of ADN programs).
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    Quote from myelin
    Just so you know, there is no 2015 deadline. It's merely a recommendation (kind of like BSN for the RN, and we still have plenty of ADN programs).
    Amen to that!
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    Simply Complicated, tried to PM you but your box is full!
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    Quote from mtsteelhorse
    Simply Complicated, tried to PM you but your box is full!
    Deleting now!
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    Technically you can work as an NP in a mental health setting. It would be wise and give you a competitive advantage to have a post-masters cert. in mental health since you are not getting a PMHNP.

    The advantage to having an NP is that if you get tired of psych, you can go back to general practise.


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