PMHNP---Help! - page 2

by mtsteelhorse

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I've applied to a couple of PMHNP programs and been accepted to one. I should hear from the other school soon. I'm in such a dilemma. I thought for sure I would go this route but after some recent events I'm beginning to doubt my... Read More


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    Quote from truffles111
    I am still deciding which Masters program will best the best fit for me. I as far as PMHNP, my main concern is prescribing medication...yikes!! Now that you mention it, safety is also a concern.

    Any thoughts/advice?
    If you don't want to prescribe medication then PMHNP is not the way to go...
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    mpolen6497, trying to PM you but your box is full! Got your msg...I'll try later.
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    True...it just makes me nervous. I like counseling and educating patients, along with health education in general. I love working one on one, and even thought about a Masters in OT....or Social Work...still have yet to figure out the best route.
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    Quote from truffles111
    True...it just makes me nervous. I like counseling and educating patients, along with health education in general. I love working one on one, and even thought about a Masters in OT....or Social Work...still have yet to figure out the best route.
    LCSW will allow you to do that, providing you can live on their salaries. I personally would have a tough time with that. Good luck!
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    i know! me too!
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    Though, the true salary range for PMHNP and LCSW vary widely. A supervising social worker at the VA can make almost 100k. You could get your PhD in social work, be a successful researcher and also make upwards of 100k (though a PMHNP could also do this). In my area, which is in an urban part of the Midwest in a relatively NP-friendly state, I saw one county PMHNP outpatient position with a range of 64-94k. I see private practice jobs that list ranges of 80-120k, but maybe those wouldn't have as good of benefits, especially pension. I also wonder if job postings ever exaggerate the top of the pay range..
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    That's why I think it's important to look at median income... in my area the median income for PMHNPs is over 100k. For LCSWs it's about 50k, as reported by the state.
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