I am a Psych NP in New England and am interested in applying for a position in Florida working in a Veterans Admin. Outpatient Clinic. Does anyone have any experiences working in a facility like this? I have no idea what to expect as to working conditions. The starting pay posted is about 50% less than what I currently make although the top of the range is only a few thousand less than I make now.
I am thinking a nurse must be employed with this type of a facility for many years before reaching that salary, does that sound right?
Any advice, experiences and opinions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Do any of my fabulous coworkers have any experiences, good or bad, working for this type of facility? I am trying to gather as much info. as possible before I go for this. It would mean selling my home and moving my family with me which is a lot to ask so I want to research what working there would be like from actual nurses and not just read what is posted on the different job sites (which, by the way, tells almost nothing).
I don't believe I am all alone out there, but curious to know where other people are at. I am starting NP school in Fall 09 for Psych-Mental Health. Like most of us, I will need to quit work for schools. Of course, I will need Living expenses + the Tuition + travelling and Books. So, for the 3 years, I calculated that I will owe at least $150,000. Is this insane or what? I wonder what other people owe, will owe. and what good plans do you have for repayment. Upon graduation, I will need a salary of at least $100,000 to break even. Right?
Please share your thoughts on this..... Does Psych NP make the money to repay such a big loan?????
I became a Psych NP after psych staff nursing on inpatient unit for about 6 years. The salary you make will depend on where you work and each state has slightly to significantly different scope of practices. Florida for example, restricts prescribing many medications so your scope of practice will be different then say the midwest where you have much more autonomy and make more money. In my opinion, if you can work and get your facility to cover your tuition etc. that is the way to go.
The hospital I worked for required I work 32 hours per week and gave me tuition waivers which helped significantly. I went to grad school one day per week from 9am to 9:30 pm and took as many online courses in the evening and weekend and summer courses as I possibly could. Took 3 very long years but I did it.