So I am sitting here, like a little worry wart. I chose to go into psychiatric nursing right out of school (it was always the part of my nursing clinicals I actually enjoyed). I have been doing that for 5 years, and still love it. I have gotten to see a good deal of medical things, as the psychiatric hospital where I work is affiliated with a large university medical center. Here is the problem: I may be forced to relocate out of state, due to my spouse's job. I am absolutely TERRIFIED that I will not find a nursing job in the new state. I hear the job market, even for nurses, isn't the best anymore. I'm also terrified of finding a non-psych nursing job, and just being completely inept to handle it. While I have seen a good deal of medical things (we frequently deal with IVs, NG tubes, EKGs, dressing changes, lab values) I still feel not as confident as a nurse with past med surg experience. I'm so afraid that I have pigeon-holed myself by going into psych right out of school. What are your thoughts? Will hospitals even give me a second look?
Please, any thoughts or advice are welcomed. I am beside myself with worry right now