Can a psych. Nurse be accepted for a FNP program?

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    Hello nurses,

    I have one year experience as a psych. nurse.
    I wish to go back to school for a NP program. Do colleges usually accept candidates in a FNP program who have an experience in psychiatry?
    I wish to go for a FNP instead of a Psych. NP.

    All feedback will be helpful. Thank you.
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    Quote from Macann
    Hello nurses,

    I have one year experience as a psych. nurse.
    I wish to go back to school for a NP program. Do colleges usually accept candidates in a FNP program who have an experience in psychiatry?
    I wish to go for a FNP instead of a Psych. NP.

    All feedback will be helpful. Thank you.
    Hmmm I'm curious too. I'm sure you could get accepted but the work may be more challenging for you if you only have a psych background.
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    sure. Just sell your top assessment skills that you've honed as a psych nurse. Any fool can learn a procedure, as they say. It takes skill to know the who, what, when, where, and why of a situation. Just sell the idea that your psych RN experience has made you an excellent critical thinker, I'm sure you will get in somewhere.
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    No problem at all! Some schools look more into undergrad GPA than actual experience too.
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    It's possible since I have many friends doing that however it all depends on which schools you're looking at and their requirements. Best of luck to you.
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    Yes, we have all sorts of nurses in my cohort. I am at Loyola University New Orleans. Also, remember every patient is a psych patient. More patients are seeing the regular physician for these issues.


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