Thank you for your input zenman. My general intuition is that 'all experience is good experience" (so long as you make that of it!). It might help me better understand which age group I work best with, in addition to developing a practical knowledge base. Right now my clinical rotation is in adult and geri inpatient psych - I love it, but I may very well also like child/adolescent, and we won't be rotating in those units.
I am seeing a great deal of comorbidity, and that medical conditions are inseparable from psychiatric conditions certain rings true in this particular population. Right now my knowledge of medical conditions is totally textbook, un-applied ....so I think I am indeed leaning towards work in a medical context before applying to a psych NP.
I'm not overly concerned that this would hurt my application, but wonder if I should be. Out of curiosity, anyone out there have trouble getting into Psych programs with a non-psych nursing background? Any recent acceptances to report that did not work in a psych unit first?
I may also call schools directly, but it seems admissions counselors typically give me the 'of course you'll be accepted' story
Looking for a realist perspective not shiny advertising