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Switching careers and interested in psychiatric NP - page 2

Hello everyone, This is actually my first post on allnurses.com. Currently, I am a licensed psychotherapist working for the U.S. Army's addiction clinic. At my current work site, a recent... Read More

  1. Visit  Tang N profile page
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    Quote from zenman
    AZ is always begging for PMHNPs...and paying higher than most states. I see one for $85 - 100 an hour.
    As you are a practicing PMHNP, could you recommend any schools to obtain a Masters in Nursing? Do you think that it would be very unlikely to be accepted into a PMHNP program with RN experience but not experience in a Mental Health setting/unit?

    I also saw you post in another thread referring to an unspecified online degree school as a diploma mill. Could you elaborate on which online schools are are legit in your eyes? Or at least the ones seen to be not well respected.

    I ask as a current Canadian RN looking to work and obtain my MSN in the United States as I have lived there for half of my life (when I was younger) but I am not familiar with all of the well known Universities and specifically the ones that are known for Nursing. In Canada the scope of practice of NPs differ and the education seems to as well.
  2. Visit  myelin profile page
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    The US News and World report lists the best nursing schools, including the best for psych (although it is for psych CNS, currently). That can give you an idea of the top schools. Do keep in mind that the list is rather subjective, although all the programs listed are very good programs, most affiliated with top medical institutions, etc. Are they necessarily the best of the best? Who knows. But they certainly are strong programs at top universities/hospitals, etc. As things get more competitive, I think it makes sense for students to try to get into the best school they can, also keep in mind local reputation, talk with recent grads, etc.

    Also, as far as I can tell, there's a lot of money to be made in psych. Especially if you're willing to relocate and know how to bargain.
  3. Visit  bubujone35 profile page
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    Hey Mark,

    I have my RN BSN and am currently enrolled in a psych NP program in the northeast US. I see that you are currently working in the Army as a psychotherapist. I believe that you are getting into a great field given your past experience.

    I am currently working at the VA, and there is a big demand for psych NP's. Actually, it is the only master's degree that my VA will pay for you to get (aside from the Clinical Nurse Leader). This in itself shows that it is in demand (atleast in my area.)

    Also, I can tell you that psych NPs at my hospital are the second highest paid nurses and their salary rivals that of the CRNAs. However, in order to be a CRNA you are required to recieve your doctorate in nursing. Most, if not all, psych NPs in my hospital have their masters, which is nearly half the amount of schooling, and not to mention costs way less to complete.

    Much if this greatly varies by state. Nurse practitioners, even though they have been around for years now, are still somewhat of a "new" thing in the publics eyes. I would try to place yourself in a state that really supports the role of NPs, and a state that has strong lobbyist.

    As far as schooling goes, I would do an accelerated BSN program. After you graduate, I would at least find a part time job while getting your masters. I do not think you need to take a break from school to work for a year, but I do think you would benefit from working while going to school. Not everyone can handle this, I know some people have very busy lives, but I currently work full-time and go to school part time and am looking towards graduation in 2015.

    Anyway, I hope this helped. Good luck.
  4. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Hi Bubujone35,

    Your post is really informative and helpful. Do you have a list of states that you recommend that seem to be "friendly" to psych NPs? I'm slated to graduate as a FPMHNP in 2015, and I'm considering Washington, Oregon, or New Mexico for practice. I haven't given much thought to the east coast or other parts of the country, though. Thanks!
  5. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    Quote from bubujone35
    I am currently working at the VA, and there is a big demand for psych NP's.
    Maybe but they don't pay well in VA. They pay less than private sector. They only pay well in some locations. Remember you are competing with lots of PAs. They will hire PAs to fill the slots in VA. There are quite a number of PAs doing psychs with generalized PA education.

    Quote from bubujone35
    In order to be a CRNA you are required to recieve your doctorate in nursing. Most, if not all, psych NPs in my hospital have their masters, which is nearly half the amount of schooling, and not to mention costs way less to complete.
    Not true. There are plenty of master-level CRNAs. I believe that all entry-level APRN will require doctorate in the future. In a few states, almost all NP programs were converted to doctorate level. It will not necessarily cost less to complete.

    Good luck! but just want to clear up the facts
    Last edit by harmonizer on Nov 4, '12
  6. Visit  TraumaRN21 profile page
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    What is the salary range your seeing for psych NP's?
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  7. Visit  mzaur profile page
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    Bumping this thread for more exposure I am interested in more responses. I gave up my aspirations to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology because 7 years in school to make ~40k is awful. Psych Nps making $90k+ sounds amazing. Anyone know how the demand is in Colorado? I'm hoping to eventually open up a private practice there
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  8. Visit  NPAlby profile page
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    Im a Psych NP in AZ and there is great demand here with good pay. Determine where you want to work/live and go from there. I know nothing about overseas work.
  9. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
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    I switched careers specifically to become a psych NP, and I don't regret it. I'm still in the master's program, hence the screen name, but it's been worth it. Ok, at times I miss my old line of work and think "ah, geez, I'm sick of these freakin' deadlines," but in the end it will be well worth it.
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  10. Visit  nursetim profile page
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    I see a metric boatload of psych NP positions advertised. I have thought about switching and getting PMC in psych. I do have a calming effect on those with mental illness. Strangely, I have the opposite effect on the well balanced. Good luck to those moving in this direction.
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  11. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    Quote from mzaur
    Bumping this thread for more exposure I am interested in more responses. I gave up my aspirations to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology because 7 years in school to make ~40k is awful. Psych Nps making $90k+ sounds amazing. Anyone know how the demand is in Colorado? I'm hoping to eventually open up a private practice there
    Do not give up your dream. The average pay for PhD is $85..Neuropsych get pay very well and in great demand.. PMHNP career is very limited to work in certain setting. Demand is still unknown. PhD gives a wide range of opportunities and prestige. It really depends on what you want in life. You may hate it later if you become one.. It can be very taxing.. You are given a case load of patient to be seen limited time 15-30 min.. barely have time to do anything other than assessment and med management.. and limited psychotherapy.. You can get burnt out really fast esp. when you know that you get 50% of MD pay with same headache and liability.
  12. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
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    Quote from nursetim
    I see a metric boatload of psych NP positions advertised. I have thought about switching and getting PMC in psych. I do have a calming effect on those with mental illness. Strangely, I have the opposite effect on the well balanced. Good luck to those moving in this direction.
    Me too, tim. I find that I form the best relationship with the patients that most people find beligerent and antagonistic. The ones most of the girls on shift call "sweet" usually try patience to no end, lol. So I'm in a psych NP program, lol.
  13. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
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    Quote from harmonizer
    Do not give up your dream. The average pay for PhD is $85..Neuropsych get pay very well and in great demand.. PMHNP career is very limited to work in certain setting. Demand is still unknown. PhD gives a wide range of opportunities and prestige. It really depends on what you want in life. You may hate it later if you become one.. It can be very taxing.. You are given a case load of patient to be seen limited time 15-30 min.. barely have time to do anything other than assessment and med management.. and limited psychotherapy.. You can get burnt out really fast esp. when you know that you get 50% of MD pay with same headache and liability.
    All of the organizations coming to campus recruiting the PMHNP soon to be grads WANT them for assessment and med management. All of the online jobs I've seen advertised for PMHNPs only discuss diagnosis and med managment. Pay, nothing. I made around a 30-35k for many years (and loved my job) before switching to nursing, and I had a B.S. degree. I won't gripe over making 90k or more as a NP with only a master's. I think that's a pretty darn good leap for any line of work. The docs put in the time . They deserve the increased salaries. They have unrestricted practice, generally, and NPs don't have that. I've never been on board with demanding equal pay and privileges. I knew what would be expected of me as a NP when I decided to go back to school to get the RN/BSN, while working as a RN, and now on into the MSN/PMHNP program. Pay is relative.
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