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  1. This all day every day. I'm a new grad NP. I spent over 7 years in patient psych. It is my opinion that anyone that wants to be a psych NP should be a psych nurse prior to becoming a psych NP. Just my opinion. I was always gobsmacked at some of the things some of my cohorts that never worked psych would say. Rest assured that I would run the other way if I took my loved one to an appointment and walked into an office and saw one of them sitting in that chair. In time, I suppose they will be great clinicians , but I think there are things you learn when you are exposed to actual psych patients that you don't learn in a book. I can't imagine being a cardiac NP without ever setting foot on a cardiology unit. Again, JMO. We didn't give IV meds on my unit but I gave levothyroxine, insulin, metformin, you name it blood pressure meds, coumadin, anti, biotics, nebulizer treatments, on my unit, made sure chest x-rays got done, etc. Psych patients do not check their medical issues at the door. In fact, just as they do not take their psych meds, they do not take their medical meds so they come in with uncontrolled blood sugar, blood pressure etc. Psych patients tend to have shorter life spans. They tend not take care of themselves.
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    New Grad NP - Took first job offer-

    No I have not started the job yet. I am not scheduled to start until the first week of June. I have no other offers yet, so this is all just supposition at this point. I have scheduled the interviews over the next 7 days. I'm hoping one of them is successful and makes their decision rather quickly so I would be able to give him " timely" notice that I won't be starting.
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    New Grad NP - Took first job offer-

    Thanks for the reply. I would really prefer to work in an out patient setting. I hate that I would be burning a bridge with my preceptor. I feel such a heavy weight with that. I'm so torn. He's hired others in the past from my program. If I end up not taking the job, I would hope that I don't leave a sour taste in his mouth that would prevent him from hiring anyone else from the program in the future.
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    New Grad NP - Took first job offer-

    So I was a bit skeptical of the job market so I was grateful to get this offer- My preceptor offered me this opportunity. It wasn't my ideal job. But I was grateful to get the experience. I don't start till next month. Don't get me wrong. I don't anticipate it will be a terrible position. I have been working inpatient psych for 7 years. It was my goal to work outpatient after I finished school so I did not have to work weekends and holidays anymore. With this position, I will be working a lot of nights and weekends. Ahh, same as I am now as a staff nurse. I don't work nights now but I work every weekend in my current position as an RN. So that's why its not my ideal job. However, the compensation makes up for the inconvenience. So here it is, the last few days boom! I get calls from a couple of places that I sent my CV to a while back to set up interviews! They are all out patient clinics. So definitely what I prefer. So would you keep interviewing? Even though you already accepted another position? Unprofessional to accept another position and tell my preceptor I won't be taking the position he offered, in the event I am offered one of these other positions?
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    New Grad NP Liability Insurance?

    I must have been too excited that I didn't pay attention to this part. I just went back and read all the paper work. I will be reimbursed. I still want to know why there is such a big discrepancy though.
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    New Grad NP Liability Insurance?

    I will be supervised. Its not a typical agency so maybe I shouldn't call it that. Its run by a group of physicians. You could say they get Locums work for local clinics/hospitals/. Some of the assignments are temp, some are permanent. This will be a permanent assignment. There are already other MDs and NPs at the site I will be working. I did my clinicals at one of the other sites.
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    New Grad NP Liability Insurance?

    I will be an independent contractor. Not an employee. They have a contract for a local clinic. I am employed through the agency not the clinic.
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    New Grad NP Liability Insurance?

    Does anyone know anything about this? I graduated in December. Will start my first job as a psych NP in June. I am seeing big discrepancy in price from 2 companies. CM& F - discount total cost would be less than $200 for first year new grad NP. For NSO, the new grad first year discount would be $899 for the first year. I am confused.
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    Will you get your DNP

    I graduated in December. I'm over school. If I ever went back to school. It would be law school. Maybe.
  10. Racial/Ethnic issues are complex. However, I do get the over all point she is trying to make. I know we are talking about maternal health and what is happening with black women. I'm a psych nurse. Black men are more likely to be misdiagnosed when it comes to mental health. How detrimental that is for someone with a mental illness and their loved ones. Delays proper treatment. I remember reading some excellent journal articles written by a psychiatrist who came around to admitting his own biases and was educating others psychiatrists and other mental health providers about it. And yes, minorities and first generation immigrants are not immune from being biased. None of us are. I can check all of the above boxes. Sometimes I have to check myself and remind my own self to keep an open mind when I am faced with someone that is different. I stand with Elizabeth.
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    PMHNP Exam

    There are no calculations on the exam. I took the exam 10 days ago. The exam IMO is really a test of your critical thinking skills. That was where Board Vitals was most helpful to me. To help me hone my critical thinking. The exam questions are not like Board Vitals. They tend to be not as " straight forward". Don't be discouraged about your Board Vitals Scores. I think its more important that make sure you understand the Rationales for the right and wrong answers for each question. Like I said, IMO this exam really tests your critical thinking, the questions aren't really straight forward, but if you understand the rationales and concepts , it helps you think your way through things. Makes sense. After all, our patients problems won't always be straight forward! Good luck!
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    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Exam

    I took the PMHNP exam today and passed it. Seemed like it was the longest 4 hrs of my life. What a relief to finally to put this behind me. First let me share my thoughts about the exam. In my opinion this test is a test of critical thinking skills. So some of these study aids, the more expensive ones at least, were unnecessary. There were quite a number of questions that were not covered in any of the sources that I used but one could use critical thinking to figure out the answers. Just by analyzing the question and looking at the answers presented. After reading a bunch of I failed postings, I freaked myself out and ended up buying a bunch of different study aids. Thankfully I can claim them on my taxes So for the resources I used Fitzgerald 2015 CDs and Work Book Lantern Review ANCC Review Book Board Vitals ANCC Test IQ questions Youtube videos- Stomp on Step 1, Memorable Psychopharmocology, Dirty USMLE, Crash Medical Review by Paul Bolin MD APA Treatment Guidelines for all psych disorders - I used the quick facts. HHS. GOV- Get all the details about HIPAA - I thought I knew all the rules but I got a lot more clarification here. So my thoughts on all the resources, If I had to do it again, I would skip Fitzgerald and Lantern. Most helpful to me was Boardvitals and the Youtube videos. Like I said, IMO, the test really is about critical thinking and Board Vitals really helped hone my critical thinking skills. I did over 1600 questions on Board Vitals then I did the ANCC Test IQ questions. Good luck to all!
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    Need to interview NP for class

    Thanks for the responses. Zennman I sent you a PM. Thank you!
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    Need to interview NP for class

    Hey everyone, I'm in my 1st semester of my NP program. I need to interview an NP. I work in a psych facility that does not utilize NPs so I am in desperate need. I will keep it simple and send the questions I need answers for through messaging here. Please help out a future NP. Thank you in advance for your help.
  15. Just got my acceptance letter a few days ago,and I am super excited! Its the only place I applied to so I am so happy. I did the same for nursing school, only applied to 1 program and got in. Cost is a big factor to me so I had my heart set on going to GSU. I graduated nursing school May 2012 and I started working in psych shortly after graduation and passing NCLEX. I always knew that I wanted to do psych so I am thrilled to be taking the next step. I'd love to hear from anyone starting in the Fall as well, whether its for Psych or one of the other NP programs.
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