I'm an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Texas at Austin. I plan on graduating with a BSN in nursing and applying to a graduate school to receive a masters in nursing. Ultamalty I want to be a nurse practitioner in the behavioral and mental health dept. ok here is an extended explaniation of my situation so bare with me please!!! I have seen a variety of psychiatrists who for some reason or another seemed very stuffy. I was refered to a nurse practitioner who did the same thing as the psychiatrist only much better!! I am intrested in following in the nurse practitioners footsteps. My questions are as follows:
1. Is getting a masters in nursing the only way of pursing this career?
2. If so will someone refer me to graduate schools
that I can attain a masters in the field of psychiatric nursing?
3.What is the pay?
4. Do I have to work as a RN before going to graduate school?
5. I heard that NP in the psychiatric field can have thier own practice and prescribe meds is this correct?
THANK YOU SOOOOO Much Jennifer