Easiest specialty to transition away from psychiatric nursing?

  1. I have been a psychiatric nurse for about a year and a half now and I love it. Though recently I was the victim of an assault by a patient that left me injured and I have decided I'd like to try something new. I am worried that the lack of medical skills used in psychiatry will leave me at a disadvantage when it comes to branching out and trying a different kind of nursing.

    I'm looking for recommendations on which types of nursing or specialties would be easiest when transitioning out of psychiatry and also what I should study in preparation for this. I would like to have two years of psychiatric experience on my resume so I still have another six month to prepare for the transition.

    Thank you so much for your help!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    I would start with med/surg and branch out from there based on your interests.
  4. by   cleback
    You're a relatively new nurse so transitioning to medsurg wouldn't be terribly hard. I did it myself after 1.5 years.

    Sorry to hear about the circumstances though.
  5. by   CarKRN
    Thank you. What would you suggest as the best/easiest option to transition to; medical or surgical?
  6. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from CarKRN
    Thank you. What would you suggest as the best/easiest option to transition to; medical or surgical?
    They are commonly combined. I can't say I find one easier or better than the other.

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