HELP! PMHNP vs. LCSW - page 2

by SycamoreGuy

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I am currently working on prerequisite classes for an accelerated BSN. My initial goal was to eventually work toward FNP or PMHNP and get a skill set that would make me employable outside of the military (not much you can do with... Read More


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    PMHNP unless you really don't want to make a good living. I LOVE LCSW but they are a dying breed in many areas...the pay is absolutely deplorable. With PMHNP you can add on to your therapy skills through other avenues. With LCSW you'll honestly never make a decent living. In my area $30K would be about average. I'm going for PMHNP. I want to help others and have earn a good living. You can do both!
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    Thanks for all your responses! I think I am going to go the PMHNP route unless for some unforeseen reason I can't get into my program I guess I can use LCSW as a backup plan.
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    Myelin, I tried to email you in response to what you told me about getting my ANP first and then going into PMHNP but here's my issue. I have been in nursing for fifteen years now and deep down inside I have always known that psych is the place for me. I can do the ANP but I really want to focus on psych. Do you think I HAVE to get my ANP or is going to my PMHNP OK? I would love so much to work with kids, teens and adults in outpatient settings. Diagnosing, med managment, therapy, group therapy. I would also love to teach psych to undergard students or nursing students. I have three kids and I'm not getting any younger. Just not sure I want to go to school for a long time. If I become an ANP and THEN do the PMHNP how long after ANP would it take me to get into psych?
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    Quote from mpolen6497
    Myelin, I tried to email you in response to what you told me about getting my ANP first and then going into PMHNP but here's my issue. I have been in nursing for fifteen years now and deep down inside I have always known that psych is the place for me. I can do the ANP but I really want to focus on psych. Do you think I HAVE to get my ANP or is going to my PMHNP OK? I would love so much to work with kids, teens and adults in outpatient settings. Diagnosing, med managment, therapy, group therapy. I would also love to teach psych to undergard students or nursing students. I have three kids and I'm not getting any younger. Just not sure I want to go to school for a long time. If I become an ANP and THEN do the PMHNP how long after ANP would it take me to get into psych?
    I'm "older" and time is important. Go for PMHNP then if you want to add on get the ANP. Go where your heart is first, the rest will work out. Besides, you may want further ed. in counseling. Best of luck to you. I'm on a similar path.
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    I haven't applied to a PFMHNP program yet but I'm in the process. I'm not going into this expecting to get rich. I am married with three kids. My husband works full time and I went down to three days a week after my third child. Since I'm home several days during the week.....watching kiddie shows and doing laundry etc......I figured now would be a good time to get going on my masters. If I was a single mothertrying to make as much money as I could, I would definitly do FNP and I'd want to work in the ER. However, thank God I am able to base my decision on what I want to do, not on what I HAVE to do ya know?


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