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What is a psych NP in charge of?

I really want to be an NP. I want to know more in-depth about what is their daily day like.
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Cynthia’s Answer

I am not a psychiatric nurse practitioner however I do work closely with them in the recovery center I worked in as well as in private practice. I must refer clients to them specifically for pharmacological treatment. As others have mentioned, they also assess and diagnose patients suffering from mental illnesses, disorders, and substance abuse problems. They are involved in psychotherapy, can prescribe medication, educate patients and families about their diagnosis, and manage their treatment plans. I also agree that there are not enough of them and sometimes I struggle to find those that don't already have a full patient load. I can also refer clients to psychiatrists and physicians' assistants for prescribing medications. However, again they are scarce. In other words, this would be a job that would put you in high demand as it is a necessary part of a full psychological assessment for clients.
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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

I am not a Psych NP but have worked with them and referred patients to them. Psych NPs have many job opportunities. They are essentially medical and mental health providers and can work alone (private practice), do contract work or work for a company (doctor's office or mental health clinic). They can bill insurance companies or work for private pay. There are part time and full time opportunities. There aren't enough of them in my opinion and it is hard to find NPs with availability to see more patients. They see patients usually in individual appointments, do an intake, assessment and make recommendations for treatments. They may recommend and treat patients by using therapy, medications, TMS, DNA testing, etc. There is a need for NPs and Psych NPs.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

Find out what universities have an NP program
Look at psychologytoday.com to locate a Psych NP (hint: look up "medication management" in the filters) and ask to have a chat with them to learn more about the field.

Thank you, really helpful! Maria E.

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