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    Traveling NPs? Is there such a thing?

    "The first one is an MSN + RN program that lasts 15 months (it is accelerated)." -- ARe you sure this is an NP program? i've never heard of an accelerated NP program that short. There are MSN programs that leave you with the equivalent of an RN. As for traveling domestically yes. I'm doing locums right now and working with Staffcare. Great company. I was talking to like 4 recruiters and they were the only ones actually communicating with me. I guess it's tough to find a good recruiter
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    How are you saving for retirement?

    When asked to produce these index funds that earn 12% per year, Dave never could answer. The fact is it is very rare for an actively managed mutual fund to beat a similar index fund. It'll end up costing you more because the funds are actively managed and thus have higher fees. It is never worth it to pay someone who thinks they can time the market. Over the long-term, over 80% of actively managed funds underperform the benchmark (S&P 500). The best approach is to invest in the whole stock market and diversify with some bonds and international markets. So why does Dave Ramsey recommend these actively managed fees? Because he wouldn't make any money if he just told everyone to invest in index funds. He makes money because "advisers" (who are not fiduciary so are not legally required to give you advice in your best interest) pay him to get into his network. He then recommends these advisers to his listeners. Check out this thread on Bogleheads where people are discussing Dave Ramsey's fund picks, which do not beat index fund benchmarks btw Don't get me wrong. It's still investing, which is more than most people are doing in regards to their retirement. All I'm saying is that there are better and more efficient ways where you will end up with more in the end.
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    How are you saving for retirement?

    There's nothing wrong with seeking advice from 'strangers' as long as you don't put all your eggs in one basket. For instance, Dave Ramsey is a 'stranger' but he gives terrible retirement advice, although his getting out of debt ideas are sound. The Bogleheads forum is full of 'strangers' who know more about retirement planning and investing in general than all the Dave Ramseys and Suze Ormans combined. Just because someone has a TV/radio show doesn't mean they know what they are talking about. Nonetheless, seeking advice from a professional financial planner is a good idea for everyone, as long as the financial advisor is fee based and fiduciary. Dave Ramsey is awful because he recommends you use his network of advisers (who pay to get into his network), and they push front-loaded actively managed mutual funds which are costly, instead of low cost index funds. Dave actually recommends against both index funds and bonds, cementing the fact that he has no clue what he's talking about. Anyway, fee based fiduciary financial adviser is what you want. In the meantime, Bogleheads wiki is a great way to start learning about retirement planning and investing.
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    Graduating BSN soon....next PMHNP

    I'd suggest to avoid going to a crappy program. Check out the top ranked PMHNP programs and choose accordingly. You definitely want a program that finds you preceptors. You don't want to go through the headache of finding your own, and you want to start clinicals asap. It will take you a while to find a preceptor which will hold you back a bit, and you'll be rushed to finish all your hours and may only get the minimum required instead of getting more (and learning more). Also, since PMHNP programs are relatively short, you want the best education possible to teach you everything you need to know (well, maybe not everything, that would be impossible). My program at Vanderbilt was a year long (3 semesters). It was tough, but worth it. As for DNP, definitely not required or necessary unless you like doing systems level quality improvement research. UCSF has a great program. Since you live in that area, I'd definitely make it your #1
  5. I'm the person that harmonizer was responding to. I thankfully did not take his advice. He means well but since then I've spoken to many psych NPs who share a much different opinion. Yes this is a great career with lots of demand. The pay is excellent. It's well worth the time and debt to do this if you're looking for a stable career. Of course it's impossible to predict the future. There could be some medical discovery that will make psychopharmacology obselete. I would be happy if that were the case, although a little freaked out due to my encroaching loan debt. But I highly doubt that'll happen. I really do not think that the demand for psych NPs is going to decrease anytime soon. Re-reading harmonizer's post now.. there's a lot I disagree with. He's wrong about a lot. Psych NPs do make more than 50% of MD pay. It depends on where you live but you can make around 80% of psychiatrist pay. In Oregon you can make as much as a psychiatrist due to their parity law if you're in private practice. As for demand, unknown? It's known. Every psych NP i've spoken to gets hounded by job recruiters weekly. Every psych student in my school gets a job months before graduating. In most areas there is a several month wait to see a psychiatrist/psych NP due to the shortage of providers. There's plenty of demand, especially if you're willing to move. Not all geographical areas are ideal due to factors such as state restrictions on autonomy. The southeast is particularly terrible, which I think is where harmonizer is from, which might may be influencing his perception. As far as NP specialties go, psych is by far the most in demand after graduating. I've heard this directly from several faculty at my school. Lastly, in regards to the time management aspect. We have the freedom to open up a private practice. Then you can do whatever you want. 30 minute med checks, psychotherapy, you name it. We have the freedom to do all that and do not need to work for somebody else. And when you're looking for your first job, you can ask them about these factors going in, and if their practice environment doesn't suit your needs, you can walk away knowing there's plenty of other places where you can easily find work. I'm currently in a PMHNP program, halfway done. I just did my RN year and just started the MSN year, so in a year i'll be working. If you have any questions just PM me and we can talk.
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    Direct Entry MSN vs Nurse Practioner MSN

    DNP is not and will not be required for NP licensure. It's only a recommendation made by nursing schools deans and faculty (hmm I wonder why)
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    ANCC - Family psych NP - just passed

    Congrats!! I'm taking it in a year. I haven't looked too much into it, but I do find it strange how much non-clinical material is on the exam. And there are non-psych primary care questions as well, like about athletes foot, etc, right? So weird...
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    Pscyh NP job market

    I heard that demand is pretty high everywhere in Texas, including Austin which is where I'm thinking about moving to once I graduate in a year (that and Seattle, can't decide). I have heard that there's a lot of need in Houston. I'm sure Dallas and San Antonio are up there as well. You can pretty much move anywhere you want and find a good job as a psych NP so my suggestion is to focus on which city appeals to you the most
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    Direct Entry MSN vs Nurse Practioner MSN

    Don't forget about Boston College. BC and Vanderbilt are the only direct entry PMHNP programs that are 2 years. All the others are 3 years. I got into Vandy, BC, Yale, MGH, and a few others. I wanted to stay in the northeast too (originally from NJ) but I picked Vanderbilt because I got tired of cold winters. Great program. I'm halfway done now. You can PM me if you want to talk more
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    Austin, TX job market?

    What state are you in? Please tell us so that I can tell everyone I know never to move there, lol Wow but seriously. As more NPs accept low offers, it kills the job market for everyone in that area. Anything below 80k is too low for an FNP. They are just taking advantage of you. And your OBGYN NP with 20 years of experience perhaps needs some business lessons because if she's in private practice she should be making six figures easily. Something definitely is not adding up. BTW, ACNPs I know make well into the six figures as well (150-200k+). It's a great field
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    Pscyh NP job market

    Psych NPs are in demand pretty much anywhere.
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    Austin, TX job market?

    65k?? Wow. Please do not take a salary that low! 80k should be your minimum as a new grad. Also you didn't mention your specialty which makes a big difference. Psych NPs make considerably more than FNPs and are in higher demand.
  13. So you have a BSN or you don't? You could go to Vanderbilt's prespecialty program or Boston College's direct entry MSN program with just your Biology BS and come out an NP in 2 years. I'm currently in Vanderbilt's program. The actual NP program is one year. It's very intensive though.
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    Vanderbilt GRE Score

    I got into the pre-specialty program with 96th percentile Verbal, 80th percentile Quant, 93rd percentile Writing. I got a decent scholarship too. The program is getting more and more competitive every year. Try to get as high of a score as you can.
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    Direct Entry Programs (Pre-Speciality)

    I'm currently in Vanderbilt's pre-specialty program. I also applied to Boston College, Yale, Seattle University, and MGH. I got into all of them but chose Vanderbilt because I wanted to be somewhere warm. Yes, they are competitive, but it's doable. I also did not have a super high GPA. I think my cumulative was 3.3 but last two years was 3.7. I also had a high GRE and two years of volunteer experience in a community clinic with good letters of rec. So GPA isn't everything. These schools really look at the total package. There's also U Penn, UCSF, and a few other programs. Do a search for direct entry and you'll find more. But yeah these programs tend to be expensive. Vandy and BC are the only ones that are super accelerated so you get done in 2 years, while the rest are 3 years, so think about how motivated you are to finish. Vandy is straight through the summers, but we do get a few weeks off in summer and winter, and a week for thanksgiving, so it's not that bad. The cost is worth it for me since I'll be done quickly and have good job prospects since I'm going into psych. You can PM me if you have any questions
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    Best Cell Phone for Practitioners

    Hehe it's just a matter of preference. IMO pure Android looks much sleeker and runs better. Samsungs UI looks like it was designed by 12 year olds. This is why if you utter the word Touchwiz to any Android enthusiast, they will look at you incredulously. See here for some comparisons http://www.androidpit.com/samsung-s-touchwiz-ux-2-0-vs-stock-android-4-2