Hey everyone, I am thinking of applying to an accelerated BSN program. My goal is to eventually be a psychiatric NP, but before I think I'd like to work in psychiatry as an RN. My dream is to work here on the East Coast, in an outpatient, clinic setting. I'd like to work with patients over a long period of time, providing psychotherapy and med management as a NP. Is this a realistic goal? What is nursing like in the psychiatric field? Also, I am choosing psychiatric nursing in part because it seems to be a little more sedentary. As I have some back problems due to an injury, I'd like to pursue a career in nursing that allows for a good amount of time sitting on my *** rather than being on my feet all day. Any advice, knowledge, etc. would be appreciated. Also, I don't know how psychiatric NPs differ in their opportunity to practice based on state. Would it be possible to open my own practice as an NP? Or would I need the supervision of a doctor? I would like to practice in the DC area, so the areas I would be interested in practicing in would be DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Thanks!