Forgot your password? Or sign in with one of these services. Live in So Cal. Pretty much have admittance to a program because they are telling me it's often hard to fill their cohort because not many people want to go that NP route.
I've seen the payscale data etc that shows how much NPs make. I don't really trust the salary numbers that are reported in the media, because as an RN in So Cal, I make way more than what is commonly reported. I'm curious if anyone has information on what realistic expected wages are in the So Cal area for this specialty? Cal this summer. Which program are you applying to?
Thanks in advance for your response. I live in San Diego, currently working as an RN. She said if she could do it all over again she would have become a nurse. Meanwhile I work hourly with plenty of opportunity for overtime. I work 4 days a week and my 5th day is OT, at the end of the day my paycheck is more than hers. I have 6 years of critical care exp. I am not sure if this is a good offer considering I haven't lived in CA long. Very poor for California, especially a known metropolitan area like San Diego.
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Related Forums: Psychiatrist. My email:. You can change your consent settings at any time by unsubscribing or as detailed in our terms.Forgot your password? Or sign in with one of these services. This was an informed decision based on some things I learned when talking to graduates of my old counseling program.
I'm also an older student in my 40s but will start taking my nursing pre-req's soon. I'm very clear about my path but do have some questions.
I love psychology but am really excited about learning more "hard science" when it comes to anatomy and physiology. My goal is to work really hard and get started on my new career ASAP.
I am not a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, but I have researched it on here and on the internet. I can't really speak in regards to a typical day, but I'm sure it largely entails medication management. Compensation is every bit as good as FNP, even better in some areas. I think you will love it and have made a good choice. Good luck and anymore questions let me know!
There is a huge demand!
A typical day depends on the setting. I encourage you to shadow someone to get a feel for what the career entails. In a private clinic a typical day consisted of patient visits with some therapy and medication management.
Intake visits take longer and the NP I shadowed checked vitals, etc. I loved it! Anyhow, I've put this off far too long and hope to start next month if accepted. I'm 53 and just gearing up for grad school. There is no shortage of positions. Trust me, I wouldn't be taking this path if there weren't a demand.
I looked into counseling, which I truly love, but the compensation for investment did not appeal to me. Good luck! Thanks mtsteelhorse and p sychrnoklahoma! Yes, I do think this is a smart career choice.
While I'm a little bummed I wasted some time in a counseling program, at least the courses I took will be applicable. Also they have to do an incredible amount of "internship hours" before they can even start to practice.
Most of those unpaid! I love psychology it's always been a huge interest of mine. I understand there is the opportunity to branch out into other areas, if you are driven enough.
I know of at least one person who is a licensed counselor who is now looking into Accelerated MSN programs. She plans to continue to perform counseling services in addition to med management. I am nervous about my age and the coursework load. I wish I'd done this earlier in my life. The adviser I spoke to here though was very supportive of my choice. She said it was a smart move in her opinion. You are just a pup!Forgot your password? Or sign in with one of these services. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.
Prev 1 2 3 4 Next Nov 20, by devondk16 devondk16 has 3 years experience and specializes in Geriatric, Psychiatric, Forensic. I started following this thread because I, too, am considering following psychiatric nursing as a specialty in my post graduate nursing education. Literally it became almost an argument about money. I certainly would hate to believe that money is what is driving you to consider nursing to begin with over another in this field. I wonder about these fields where one can make 6 figure salary easily.
Stats alone would tell me there aren't that many However, I agree with you that one should go into psych because they like it--not because the pay is good. Edited Nov 22, by AndersRN. Why can nurses be so catty towards each other? Maybe there should be more psychiatric professionals. So disappointing. I am interested in your progress.
It has been a couple of years since you created this post? Have you accepted a position? Was the compensation favorable? I'm a a Psych RN and everyone has been telling me to do family NP instead because pay for us has dropped in our area of the country and jobs are hard to come by, But I love psych nursing so I decided to do psych NP so I can do the Job I love.
Money isn't everything for sure. Again, as others have stated, it is always good to do what you love. Making extra money on the side is an added perk as well. I see quite a bit of discrepancy in the messages posted on this forum. Certain areas in California have a much higher demand for nurse practitioners than others. That's not to say it isn't possible to make that much money but I personally have not seen anyone even come close.
In response to the very first post from years ago.
I love what I do, and I knew from my very first rotation in psych while in my BSN program that ultimately this is where I wanted to end up. If you have a passion for this, I say follow your heart.
It takes a special person to work in this area. Clients are difficult at times, some spend 30 minutes on the internet and assume they already know more than you, while others are just drug seeking. However, when you are able to help someone truly turn their life around, help someone to function better in society, help them sleep better, eat better, control the voices they hear more, or help to prevent someone from hurting themselves; then the juice is worth the squeeze.
This position is hard, we aren't always accepted readily, and people constantly refer to us as PA's ughhhbut at the end of the day I love what I do and I hope you will too. I just applied to PMHNP programs, and came to this thread hoping to get a more realistic idea of what to expect to be paid right away.
If anyone has taken out loans to pay for their education and wouldn't mind sharing how long it took them to pay them off- that would be great! Form what people have been saying here it appears it is not unrealistic to hope for around astarting salary, is that still true? What are some of the highest paying settings private practice, hospitals, VA.
Also, if this is the starting salary, what can one expect to make say 10 years later? Twinsmama28 has 13 years experience. Hello have you graduated yet? How much did you end up making?Forgot your password? Or sign in with one of these services. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page. It's one reason why there's such a high need for psych prescribers. That's why people shouldn't go into the field because of the supposedly higher salaries as harmonizer has stated, this may or may not even be true depending on your locationbut rather because they're passionate about mental health.
I'm end to graduating with a lot of debt and really need to pay off everything asap. I'm willing to move pretty much anywhere. Mzaur, the BLS publishes data on nurse practitioner salaries and concentrations by state and metro area. You could check that out though it wouldn't be specific to psych. Do you know if those jobs included NHSC loan forgiveness?
When I'm done, I'm thinking of getting the 60k forgiveness for 2 years of service at an underserved area, but I am wondering how much lower the salaries are in those areas because a it's underserved and probably rural b they know you're getting the loan forgiveness and probably lower the salaries accordingly.
BamaPsych has 11 years experience and specializes in Psych. There is a need in Alabama for psychiatrists and there are only One job offer was for 6 figures and the other was close. That being said I went into the mental health field because I love my patients and want to improve an area of care that is unfortunately in dire need of improvement.
You should not go into any area of service for money; however the idea that a PMHNP is not going to be in demand throughout the country is false.
Experience, education, and personality will all affect salary negotiations so I would concentrate on doing a great job, learning as much as possible, and presenting myself as an advocate for mental health. Good Luck!!! BamaPsych, I am currently working at a geri-psych unit in Bham and have been prompted by our Dr. I am curious which program you are involved with. They have basically offered me a job upon completion with a promise of being at, or very near the six figure mark.
PM me if you would care to share some information. Thank you and good luck to all. I am an adult NP. But I am worried about the the work load daily.
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Prev 1 2 3 4 Next. Mar 19, by myelin. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Mar 19, by megank I agree, but making good money wouldn't hurt.
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Or sign in with one of these services. I was wondering what my realistic salary expectations should be? I am willing to relocate to just about anymore preferably warm!
I search listings often and find that starting salary, even for new grads, is approx k! I feel like psych NP is the best kept secret in nursing maybe I shouldn't even be posting this, lol. Edited Apr 3, by Joe V. PM me please. Megank, think about it. Edited Mar 16, by harmonizer. Psychcns has 30 years experience and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. The higher salaries may not include benefits. Why do so few people do it? I get that psych is not for everyone, but when you are talking about that big a pay deferential A psychiatrist that I work with said that PMHNPs are going to be in serious demand as more and more docs shun psych for various reasons.
You might be using the extreme case Let's play devil's advocate I apologize if I am too sarcastic :. I also talked to previous classmates who started 80k with benefits in South East. Some starts at high 70s at government position. And this is true!! I am not lying. I also had a co-work who move to the states where I am working and the person told me that they also pay 80k in PA You would see tons of k jobs for FNP with experience as well.Forgot your password?
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Psych NP's usually make quite a bit more money IF you can actually find a job in that field. In my city, the psychiatrists really restrict what a Psych NP can do. The Psych NP's aren't allowed to see patients on the psych units or see new patients.
They aren't allowed to give a "new" diagnosis to the patients either I believe she averages 4 patients per hour The good thing is that she can always leave and go into another field if she gets burned out easy to do in psych.
This is changing. In states where NPs practice independently, you have to be certified in your area of expertise or this will be required soon. In my PMHNP class, there were 3 FNPs doing a psych post master's re-certification because they were no longer being able to function in a psych role and be eligible for reimbursement. Again, this is generally in states where NPs are independent. Texas, for example, is different because NPs have to be supervised, but when you are in an autonomous role, it is not so easy to float between specialties.
As far as salaries, psych NPs tend to make quite a bit comparatively. Here in Arizona, NPs are fully autonomous and practice independently of any supervision or required collaboration. The local prisons pay even more. Private practice depends on how hard you want to work.
But, make sure that psych is what you want to do because you will have to practice in a psych setting when you're done if you go the PMHNP route.2017 Nursing Salary Survey
Actually, Texas is very strict about NP's practicing within their specialty. I didn't realize this until a psychiatrist told me that, so I called the TX Board of Nursing and got the information confirmed. The psychiatrists in this town won't let Psych NP's diagnose patients anyway, so it doesn't really matter who they have working for them.