Psychiatric Nursing


About Psychcns

Psychcns has 30 years experience and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing.

Advanced practice psychiatric nurse. Trained as CNS. Now do locum tenens. Licensed in MA NH CT MN and OR

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  1. How to get experience outside primary care

    I would take the H and P job. You would be working as an NP and keeping your pension and other benefits. It sounds like you could also keep the one day per week job for more experience.
  2. How to deal with obnoxious staff

    Loud noisy staff bother me too. The other day I had this happen and I found that I could play spa music with earplug headphones on my iPhone and it helped a lot and I got my charting done. I considered getting a white noise machine or wear some kind...
  3. Advice?? Having trouble finding NP job.

    What about specialty clinics that are More likely to only see adults I.e. Cardiology, diabetes. Also, there must be general adult-geriatric clinics.
  4. are you guys exhausted after your shift?

    12 hour shift sound awful. I work as a APRN and when I'm inpatient I work with a lot of staff nurses. I don't think it's as task driven as MedSurg. And depending on the unit there is interdisciplinary collaboration, and nurses opinions and observati...
  5. Advice?? Having trouble finding NP job.

    If you are willing to move how about locums to permanent positions. Or get a recruiter.
  6. Any limitations as a Psych NP?

    As a Psych NP in Massachusetts, you can do the things you give as examples. I worked in MA for several years. You are required to have a collaborative agreement. Required collaboration is minimal but it is still required. You might want to look ...
  7. Adult NP practicing in BH/psych?

    Same with malpractice insurance company.
  8. $29/hr--why am I still in this job!?

    Try calling some locum tenens companies. You might be able to find short assignments or you may be able to fly home on weekends. They would pay hotel and travel-well maybe not every weekend but at beginning and end of assignment.
  9. Locum tenens for 3 mo as first PMHNP job?

    I have been doing locums for the past few years as a Psych APRN. I am expected to assume a full pt load with minimal orientation and to be able to navigate the system to complete work. I think a regular job in a collegial environment would be much ...
  10. NP leaving while short staffed

    I suggest putting your resume together and be ready to send it out. I have been doing locum tenens for several years and it is so much easier to work in 8-12 weeks blocks of time and just do clinical work within a constrained time period. I would n...
  11. Psych Evaluation to return to work(OH)

    She could also list how long you have been seeing her, how often, that you work on relapse prevention issues to help maintain sobriety. She could also describe your current mental status. I.e. That your thoughts are logical and goal directed, that y...
  12. Any Rural Health NP's out there?

    Is Kentucky independent practice. If not find out about barriers and cost of supervision/collaboration if you want to set up your own clinic.
  13. PMHNP in an ACNP/FNP position?

    maybe you could look into,a geripsych or medpsych unit. I think psychiatry evolved from neurology so there is an overlap.
  14. On the chopping block? Need some encouragement

    This is a quote from OP above . I was spoken to the other day for asking the woman who handles our referrals if there was someone local who handled bariatric surgery requests (something I've only had a patient request once) because I should have know...
  15. NP's answering to Nursing Management?

    Politics -if we are "physician extenders"we have to report to medical staff -if we are regulated by Nursing, people say we could report to nursing -if we are midlevels, and a lot of us don't like being called this, we are in the middle of nursing and...