Quote from soutthpaw
I am far less confident about this with our current administration, But it will be a few years before I am ready to consider any NP pursuits.
I am really tired of all the negativity on this forum. There is an ACUTE shortage of all mental health professionals - Psychiatrists, PMHNPs, psychologists, social workers, etc.
1) I am a new grad NP and just got a great job for top $ with a mental health clinic. We are going to hire at least 10 more NPs or PAs in the next year.
2) "The administration" does not draft legislation or set budgets - Congress does. In addition, states have responsibility for allocating much federal funding. For example, Medicaid is administered at the state level. Many counties and municipalities also fund local programs.
Anyone who is passionate about mental health and puts in the work to become an outstanding candidate for a PMH NP job will get a job.