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How so? What do you do as a Psych NP, and what do the Psych unit RNs do? How are those two things related? I'm told and have read both on here as well as in regional job ads that psych NPs focus almost solely on medication management - typically after a psychiatrist has made the diagnosis. I realize this doesn't mean things work like this everywhere, all the time. Even if you do engage in psychotherapy and do your own diagnosing, which is definitely cool, what did you do as a psych unit RN that directly prepared you and your patients for that? Thanks. Just curious.
I bet your career in LE would be great preparation for work as a psych NP. I worked the floor at acute inpatient psych units for five years before applying to grad school. Working the floor, I got used to mingling with the patients and chatting them up about nothing. After a while they get used to your presence and forget to self-censor. It's very interesting what they say when their guards drop.
I learned to check out a patient's room to see how they live their daily lives. Who do they hang around with, what do they do with their free time, how does their body language change based on who's in the room, do they talk in groups, there's a ton of behavioral information available to the observer. I probably watch and listen ten times as much as I speak.
So much happens that the psychiatrist will never know. It's a shame they don't listen more.
As an NP, I will do a little med management but most of my time will be spent in therapy. There are plenty of NPs who just do med management and never get into therapy. I know quite a few. It sounds boring.
There are lots of options open. I have a friend who is a psy D, she writes books and does group education for staff at hospitals. She's been encouraging me to follow in her footsteps, so I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time.