I always thought I wanted to do nursing research (and still do), but I believe that I want to specialize in psychiatric nursing first. I grew up with a mom who was a licensed professional counselor, and I excelled in my psychiatric rotation. It was definitely my largest interest, followed closely by pediatrics.
A little more about me: I'm 33 years old, so I don't have time to take years off IMO. Nursing is a second career for me. I graduated from my BSN program in May with a 3.92 GPA and received several scholarships/high honors while there. I was a tutor to much of my class and the liaison for our interdisciplinary program combining med students, OT, PT, and nursing with the goal of aiding a patient in the community with a chronic health condition.
I was accepted into a MSN, but I decided the track wasn't a good fit for my ultimate goals. Now, I'm looking for a psychiatric NP program, but I don't want to take the GRE or submit letters of reference. Does anyone know of any fitting these stipulations?
I appreciate any help that you can offer me so much!
Jul 13, '13
I forgot to add that I've worked in a residential treatment home for individuals who survived traumatic brain injury (TBI) for the past 3 years, so I've a bit of neuropsych under my belt, just not as a nurse.
Last edit by melissagee on Jul 13, '13
: Reason: adding neuro to the psych part because all of my patients, save one, are survivors of spinal cord injury.
Jul 14, '13
Distance Psych NP with no RN experience, letters of rec, or GRE? I'd have serious doubts about the accreditation much less the repute of such a program if it even exists.
If you primarily want to do research, then a clinician program (NP of any type) doesn't seem like the optimal choice.
Jul 14, '13
Agreed. If you want to do research, a MSN or PhD will serve you far better than an advanced clinical degree such as the DNP.
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