im a student now, and will graduate with my bsn next year. i am in the process of figuring out where to start. I have always been drawn to psych, but i know i do not want to work in an inpatient psych floor for very long. I also am planning on becoming an APRN. i guess my point is what is the best place to begin? I am thinking ER. I would get to see everything, and get some psych cases in there of course. However, would a PMHNP program accept a RN who has such little actual psych experience? My ideal job would be working in the ER as a PMHNP managing emergency psych cases. Is this realistic? (do hospitals use NP's this way?). I hate to be one of those students rambling for advice, but i would appreciate some insight from the wise ones. Fire away.
ps this is in psych not pre-NP because i would like to hear from psych nurses