I know this thread is a few weeks old but I was having some similar questions. My DH is about 1/4 through PMHNP school, he also came from a non-psych background. Whereas he knew most PMHNPs mostly do med management, he had visions of possibly doing some psychotherapy. First semester they only had general family practice practicums and he just started his first psych practicum. He follows a very busy PMHNP who rounds in various LTCs seeing at least 20 patients a day.
His concern is, is it reasonable to expect to find employment that is not so fast-paced? He is older and kind of just wanted something to gear it down a bit from hospital work and would be perfectly happy to work part-time but has concerns he would be able to work part-time, or at least go part-time after a year or so. He's open to multiple environments, is not turned off by the LTC-type patients, just wouldn't want to see so many. Would be open to office work, would love to do therapy appointments even if that meant decreased income. Would be open to tele-medicine (is that reasonable for a new grad?). We are in one of the most restrictive practice states so he would have to have an association with an MD, don't know if that makes a difference.