I just graduated from my undergrad with a degree in psychology and am working on getting into grad school. I have been working in nursing for about 5 years as a CNA and I am thrilled that there is a field that combines my interests: medicine and psychology.
Thus, I intend to enter a direct entry graduate program for psychiatric nursing (MEPN).
Until earlier tonight I was thinking I would enter a clinical nurse specialist program, but now I am unsure.
When I google it, the differences most commonly noted between NP and CSP are that NPs tend to work in outpatient settings providing assessment, diagnoses, and medications. I'm assuming in the psychiatric world this means a Psychiatric NP plays a role that is similar to a psychiatrist?
Where as CSPs (according to google) implement care management, administration, cost policies, and occasionally therapy.
It would probably be helpful if I mention what it is I want to do with my career:
I am very much interested in direct patient care within an inpatient facility, preferably a hospital (I understand that APPNs do a lot of administrative work, but I would like several years of experience with patients before I move fully into admin). I am also interested in acute mental health crises, such as psychosis. In general, I just want to help people and I am a patient, caring person who truly loves psych. Also I want to provide therapy- I would like to work with adults.
Any relevant input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read, an hopefully help!
May 26, '13
Thanks for the reply, it was very helpful!
I eventually found a document from the ANCC (linked below) that suggests that the psych APPN certificons are being condensed into one single title "psychiatric mentalh health nurse practititoner." Is that about right?
f this the case, I see grad school are still offering programs for the psychiatric clinical nurse specialists, and other titles scheduled for retirement. Although thankfully my top choice school also offers the PMHNP.
Any thoughts on that? Maybe they are planning to take down the admission information for those programs next year.
Your insight was much appreciated!
Last edit by MarshaRabbit on May 26, '13
: Reason: found out additnal info