Quote from redbullz9
I am considering attending a direct-entry psych-NP program. I do not have RN experience (switching from a different field). I wanted to get some feedback from current psych NPs or psych NP students about whether RN experience is needed to find psych NP work upon graduation. I have heard that in some NP specialties it is hard to find work post graduation if one does not have prior RN experience. I wanted to find out how much of an issue this is in psych NP work. Thanks!
Do you have any work experience with this population?
I think it depends on the location and the individual. If you come from a field like IT or marketing, then becomes a psych NP (assuming that you can even get in), never worked a day as a nurse, would you hire yourself over someone who have worked with these patients?
My area is competitive and I'm seeing a slight shift in job postings (I'm a psych RN in a PMHNP program, so I look around). Most of the established, decent, facilities are looking for PMHNPs with "NP" experience. Some (such as the organization I work for) specifies that if no NP experience, psych RN experience is considered.
Currently, I think new grad PMHNPs can still find jobs even without any psych exposure or experience. As more and more people are swarming into psych because they can't find jobs elsewhere (eg, FNPs), that could very possibly change in the near future.