A psychiatric nurse practitioner is a PMHNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The federal government's Health Resources & Services Administration in 2016 predicted an oversupply of PMHNPs. See https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/nchwa/projections/psychiatric-nurse-practitioners-physician-assistants-2018.pdf Many schools opened PMHNP programs after this report was published. After graduating from nursing school, it is very important to work as a nurse before going to nurse practitioner school. Some schools accept students who have no experience as a nurse. Other PMHNP schools like the one I graduated from require psychiatric nursing experience to be admitted. I learned as much from working as a psychiatric nurse as I did in school. Both types of knowledge are needed.
John recommends the following next steps:
- Learn more about nursing schools since you have to be a nurse before you can be a nurse practitioner.
- Go to orientation sessions at nursing schools so you can find out what it takes to get admitted.