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Post Masters PMHNP?

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I am trying to relocate my family out of our west coast town, but I am having trouble finding a position that pays enough as an FNP. I see loads of high paying PMHNP positions posted, and I'm wondering what you all think about the risk/benefit of going back for a post masters. I have 13 years of nursing experience, and 3 as an FNP. All my positions in CA have been through networking, but I don't know a lot of NPs in other states. Any opinions? I have to make equal or more than my husband in order for his work to okay our move (which means I need to be the moderate-high to high end of the FNP pay scale). If it weren't for the salary requirement, I would be able to get a lower paying job fairly easily. I started my nursing career in psych and have done psychiatric pharm research, so I know I like the field and patient population. My colleagues have overwhelmingly told me that it wouldn't be worth the time and cost. I'd appreciate hearing what you all have to say.

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I just read a lot of posts from PMHNPs who think the programs don't equip graduates well, and who are angry about the clinical work available. I guess that answers my question.

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not being equipped properly isn't exclusive to psych NP.

if you want to do it then do it but you will more than likely have to self study a lot to be a good clinician. Plus you sound interested in it so you sound like you have what it takes to succeed. Plus prior FNP experience helps

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My program didn't equip me, as I have written extensively, I worked full time in the field as an RN while taking a class or two a semester for 5 years.

The clinical work has been interesting. I worked for many years in a forensic facility. That was interesting but low pay. It tops out at 110k. I have done some private practice, although I left because we couldn't make any money seeing 2 pts an hour.

Now I am in LTC. It has its' joys and downfalls but it is very independent, make my own schedule, and the pay is excellent based on productivity.

I don't know what it would cost, and what the post-master's requirements are. Surely you wouldn't have to repeat that nursing theory nonsense.

I think as a Psych NP, to make money most places, you have to be very comfortable seeing 3 pts an hour and also able to set that boundary.

You'll have a bunch of personality disorders, malingerers hoping to get disability and drug seekers. And you better know how to deal quickly with them.

I like my job well enough, but I've been lucky to get where I am.

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Im an FNP 3 years out as well.

I started working in psych part time . Now going back to school for post Master in psych. I start in January. I want to get my post masters because I enjoy psych and want to immerse myself more in the specialty. I got so Tired of FNP jobs and that's whole other topic.

Im pending getting a full time job in psych with full benefits and training. Haven't accepted yet. Weighing on everything.

currently i work part time psych elsewhere and i get paid $130 an HR as a 1099. This is not the norm from what I here. but where I am My lowest contract offer for psych was $ 92. Me providing my own malpractice. It depends on area I guess. I think to make a decent salary even in psych you have to be flexible. Also depends on region and demand.

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