Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Psychology
Current Position Title and Affiliation: Direct Entry Master's Student at Northeastern University for Fall of 2021
Summary of Position:
I will be attending the Direct Entry Nursing (MS) program at Northeastern in the Fall of 2021 with the goal of graduating as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a PMHNP, I would be able to assess, diagnose, and treat patients with mental health issues.
I hope to establish my own private practice in the future and also provide my services to nursing shortage areas. I plan on obtaining my DNP as well with the goal of serving in academia.
What do you love most about this career path?
Mental health is so important yet often overlooked so I love being able to contribute what I can to people who need it, especially those who do not have easy access to mental health professionals. It is also a career path that is a constant learning experience which is something I look for in a career. I always knew I wanted to work in the mental health field but couldn’t decide on a specific career path. However, becoming a PMHNP seemed like the perfect fit to me because of the scope of practice, autonomy, and ability to work in many different settings. The role of an NP in healthcare is constantly evolving and I’m excited to be a part of that future!
How did UMass and/or Psychological and Brain Sciences help prepare you?
UMass and the Psychology department helped prepare me in a variety of ways but the most helpful and influential to me were the faculty. My professors were so helpful, if I needed advice regarding my career trajectory or just wanted to discuss the topics brought up in class. Their input and advice was invaluable and is something I still remember. Another helpful factor was having a seminar during senior year that helped map out all the different career paths for psychology majors and what is needed to achieve those goals.
Tips for Current Undergrads:
One of my tips would be to utilize your professors as much as possible. They want to see you succeed and they are amazing resources who have much to offer. My other tip would be to have goals and plans, but don’t be adverse to changes. Be open to new avenues that come your way and you may find the path that’s right for you even if it wasn’t your original plan.