Hello all! I was considering whether I should graduate from college with a BSN and go straight for the PMHNP degree, or take a year off in between college and graduate school and get some work experience. I know I want to provide counseling and prescribe medication in a mental health setting. I'm interested in some Psych RN duties as well, especially if I could work in an outpatient clinic. But ultimately, I want to be a Psych NP -- the role sounds most interesting to me.
What do you all think of this compromise: Go straight from BSN to grad school, but with the knowledge that I might find after grad school that I can only get Psych RN jobs -- and I'm okay with that. As far as I can tell, there's no financial loss in taking this route, except perhaps some additional interest charges if I can't get the NP job right out of grad school. There is potential financial gain if my first year salary is that of an NP instead of that of Psych RN. And in terms of job satisfaction, there is only potential for gain, as I'd have the chance to go straight into the job I want.
Are there any factors I'm missing out on that I should consider when making this decision?