Hey, I posted this over in the intro part but I thought it was more appropriate to ask this question here.
I would appreciate any input (positive, negative, or otherwise) about my education goals.
So, I'm a psychology major and I will finish my BS in May 2005.
I recently have become aware of mental health nursing as an option for being a psychiatric provider.
Right now I'm trying to cram in 7 prereq classes I haven't already had (mostly hard sciences) to try to apply to a BSN program for Fall 2005 (or Spring 2006 if I need to spend the fall finishing my requirements).
If my end goal is to become a PPCNP(i think that's the acronym they used for psychiatric primary care nurse practicioner) should I focus on getting into the extremely competitive BSN programs here? Or should I become an RN (going to a community college) with the aim of later doing an RN to master's degree program?
Also, Is anyone here a mental health nurse practicioner? Why did you decide to go into the field? Did anyone else start out interested in counseling psychology and then go into mental health nursing?
I really think that being a mental health nurse would be a better fit for me than a Ph.D. program for clinical or counseling psychology, and the education takes much less time (7+ years for Ph.D program in psychology).
Thanks for your input.
wouldn't want to offend anyone
Last edit by anonny27 on Feb 6, '05
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