PMHNP---Help! - page 2

I've applied to a couple of PMHNP programs and been accepted to one. I should hear from the other school soon. I'm in such a dilemma. I thought for sure I would go this route but after some recent... Read More

  1. by   mtsteelhorse
    Quote from truffles111 just makes me nervous. I like counseling and educating patients, along with health education in general. I love working one on one, and even thought about a Masters in OT....or Social Work...still have yet to figure out the best route.
    LCSW will allow you to do that, providing you can live on their salaries. I personally would have a tough time with that. Good luck!
  2. by   truffles111
    i know! me too!
  3. by   priorities2
    Though, the true salary range for PMHNP and LCSW vary widely. A supervising social worker at the VA can make almost 100k. You could get your PhD in social work, be a successful researcher and also make upwards of 100k (though a PMHNP could also do this). In my area, which is in an urban part of the Midwest in a relatively NP-friendly state, I saw one county PMHNP outpatient position with a range of 64-94k. I see private practice jobs that list ranges of 80-120k, but maybe those wouldn't have as good of benefits, especially pension. I also wonder if job postings ever exaggerate the top of the pay range..
  4. by   myelin
    That's why I think it's important to look at median income... in my area the median income for PMHNPs is over 100k. For LCSWs it's about 50k, as reported by the state.