Hi, I am returning to school this year...and I am torn between psychology and nursing. Currently, I'm a psych nurse, LPN, for the VA hospital Miami. I am stationed on PTSD...and I find my job very rewarding. After nearly 5 years of working on my floor, I'm determined to work permanently in psych. I've considered going back to school to become a psychologist, but I don't want to be in school for the next 10 years or more.
Which leads me to this question....As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner...would I be required to work on a medical surgical floor for a while before working in my specialty?