Can Nurses work as counselor

  1. I was just wondering if an RN could work as a counselor? Is there extra certification they can get to work as a Counselor?
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  3. by   -Midget-
    I think you are going to have to be a little more specific about what you mean by counselor. But there is the Mental Health Nurse Practicioner, which requires an MSN.
  4. by   zenman
    Counselor is a generic term. You could be a nurse practitioner or CNS, social worker or have a masters in marriage and family therapy, etc, etc.. You will need additional training beyond your BSN.
  5. by   Lacie
    There are some certifications in areas such as Addiction counseling that you can get if you have your BSN. You dont necessarily need to have and MSN for these. Also in Domestic Violence and Victims advocacy areas. Dependant on what you want to do there is also Psych Nursing.