Psych nursing vs the OR - page 2

Hello nurses! I need some opinions because I'm feeling pretty stuck right now, so if you would be so kind please share your thoughts! I appreciate your time. :) I am now one year out of nursing... Read More

  1. by   dinclema
    If you are looking to lessen your work load, DO NOT go into Psych nursing. Contrary to what some may believe, psych nursing can be exhausting, fast paced and you may have 20 patients in your face, all wanting their meds now. It is a skill to de-escalate a paitent, maybe 1, 2 ,3 ,all at the same time. It is physically and mentally exhausting. Having said that, it is one of the most rewarding areas of nursing. I love psych nursing! It is not for everyone, it is a challenge! Our patients are all up walking around, and need to be on your toes at all times. We don't have a code team, Psych nurses do it all. Wouldnt change a thing!
  2. by   cherubhipster
    I love hearing about the two different fields! It gets me excited to do either. Both.

    I'm not expecting anything easy in either field. Nor wouldni want it easy- I'm not a fan of being bored.

    I could see how the OR could be more physically demanding.. And I remember how mentally exhausted I felt after my psych rotation days... Hut the question is what will be more rewarding for me, and I suppose also, what will best benefit my lifestyle and goals.. Hmm. The million dollar question.
  3. by   cherubhipster
    I was thinking.... I have frequently heard that you can get pegged into a label as a psych RN. but i havent heard the same of being an OR RN until this thread. thoughts?
  4. by   cherubhipster
    I just wanted to let everyone know what the outcome was, in case you were wondering! I've ended up accepting the psychiatric nursing job. My decision was somewhat helped along by external factors (ie this job did not require relocation), but I think that really I'm more suited to be a psych nurse than an OR nurse. The OR nursing was more for an exploration of what my interests -may- be, whereas I know psych nursing is already an interest. Anyway I am happy with my decision thus far, though I haven't started the job yet. I start mid September. I'm excited to say I'll see some of you around the psych forum soon!
  5. by   trmayRN
    I was also offered a Psych job! I start mid Sept. I was just like you. I had to decide between 2 jobs and you just have to go with your gut! When I met with the supervisors for both places...I just knew what would work best for me. Good luck to you!!! Please keep us posted