SubspecialtiesThere are no formal sub specializations for psychiatric nurse practitioners. However, they can work in subspecialty clinics that focus on children and adolescents, geriatrics, addiction,pain management, consultation-liaison, and forensics, among others.FNP typically revolves around a specialty area of medicine such as obstetrics, pediatrics, acute care, oncology or another area in which the individual has a special interestor passion.SalaryAccording to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017), the average annual salary for a nurse practitioner $107,480.The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP 2015) compensation survey found that nurse practitioners specializing inpsychiatry earn an average annual income of $132,115.Salaries for family nurse practitioners range from $75,000 to $125,000 depending on years of experience and the area of the country in which the individual is practicing.Common Practice SettingsOutpatient clinics, medical hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and prisons, among others.Hospitals, clinics, and physician office settings, among others.Professional OrganizationsAmerican Association of Nurse PractitionersDoctors of Nursing PracticeAmerican Psychiatric Nurses AssociationAmerican Association ofNurse PractitionersDoctors of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Nurse PractitionerFamily Nurse Practitioner
Step 2: Justification of Nursing SpecialtyUse the space below to write a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum.Currently I’m working with my local nephrologist in an effort to include mental health inhouse for hemodialysis patients. I work as an Acute Hemodialysis RN at a couple hospitals in my area and I’m currently enrolled in Walden’s PMHNP program. I work with both the acute patient and any chronic patients that get admitted. On the acute side I could get called in at 2am for an intentional overdose suicidal attempt or I could be working on a septic patient where acute kidney injury is present. With septic patients I’m usually surrounded by grieving family members and friends discussing end of life care. In both cases I think a behavioral consult is needed but I rarely witness this being done. On the chronic side of kidney disease, I see the tremendous toll on both thefamily and the patient. When I graduate with my degree, I would like to continue workingwith the local nephrologists to ultimately have all-inclusive care, to include mental health, in the dialysis community. When I first decided to go back to school for my masters, I was going to start the FNP program but when I really thought hard about what I wanted to do I decided to focus on PMHNP. I was worried about being specialized in one area but ultimately, I decided it didn't matter because the work I really want to impact is mental health. After
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