I'm interested in becoming a Psych NP; however, numerous FNP's tell me that I should become an FNP first. Then I can treat all across the spectrum with all ages.
I am generally cautioned about narrowing my advanced practice knowledge and skills by choosing a specific track like psych, peds, or women's health.
I am told an FNP is much more marketable. Any thoughts?
Mar 2, '07
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Very interesting read - glad to see they still consider us CNMs separate to some extent. I for one have no desire to have men in my scope of practice (no offense to David or any other men out there), so I wouldn't want to be forced into a FNP-style program first. They do suggest the residencies for CNMs, too, which is an interesting, but probably not viable idea.
No offense, I did my OB-GYN rotation. Did some pelvics, delivered some baby's NEVER want to do that again. Glad someone likes it. Not my cup of tea:smilecoffeecup:.
The problem seems to be the overlap of CNS and NP. Some states recognize CNS as a APRN and some don't. Part of the nursing compact is to make the rules the same across all states in the compact.
You do something similar to a residency in any APRN program, you just don't get paid for it (which is probably the most descriptive factor in a residency). This is the biggest non starter here. No one shows where the money is going to come from (and they're not discussing a small amount). This would also make the clinical year full time allowing the expansion of clinical hours described in the DNP. Also the hope is that an expansion in clinical hours and pharmacology didactics will allow the compact to get rid of practice parameters that limit new grads from prescribing in some states.
David Carpenter, PA-C
Last edit by core0 on Mar 3, '07