Hi everyone,I have a question. I am still in nursing school, however, trying to get advice from those above me in the ranks =) I am pretty sure that I want to go into Psychiatry and be a NP. However, I have heard conflicting answers to my question. I know I want to work in psych, if I was a NP in peds, could I still do mental health? If I was a family Np, can you still do psych? The only reason I ask is because I don't want to be limited. I do want to learn a variety of things. I know that when you go for your MSN, you better be sure as you're more focused on one specialty and I'm hoping by the time I get there, I will know, if not I will wait until I do know! I am really into therapy... I'm not big on meds, however, my son who has autism is on meds and I know they make a world of difference, but I also know what goes into a med eval, whew! He's been to so many and had so many med adjustments I think my confidence is low when it comes to prescribing meds, and I just feel like I don't want to "mess someone up" worse than what they already may be. I'm scared! =p I hope I will get over that, and I know I will, and even as a family NP I'm gonna have to prescribe. I know I will learn what I need in school, It's just you hear so many stories about anti-psychotics and depression meds, etc., it can be intimidating, I think. Anyway, off track here. Which would you suggest I do if I want to work with pediatric psychiatry patients? If I go the mental health route, how much therapy time do you actually get with the patient? I read on here you don't usually do therpay as a psych NP, and I want to be able to have that option!Thanks everyone!