distance psychiatric NP program for new grads?

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    Hi everyone,

    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!
    -Melissa
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    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.
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    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.
    dishes and Meriwhen like this.
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    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.
    dishes likes this.


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