I honestly hated psych AND public health!
Psych lecture was somewhat interesting though it could be boring at times. I enjoyed learning about the different psychiatric disorders because I didn't have much knowledge on them prior to taking the course.
While I enjoy talking to patients, I also love all of the technical hands-on/skills stuff related to nursing. Psych didn't really have any of that :/ I know psych RNs get to do stuff but for our clinical, we were only allowed to communicate. Sometimes we were lucky and would get a patient that would love to talk; others would talk to us for maybe 15 minutes or not at all and then all of us would just be sitting in the day room with nothing to do. I didn't like my perception of the nurses at my site, either. They would just sit in the nurses station all day and provide little to no client interaction. Basically just pass meds.
We had the opportunity to sit in on team meetings, too. They would bring in the patient and talk to them about how they were doing that day, etc. and talk about goals for the patient. Team meetings included the primary RN, pharmacist, MD, and social work, maybe some other individuals but I can't remember (it's been awhile since I took psych!). Sometimes they were interesting; most of the time they were boring and I had to fight staying awake.
Everyone has their place in nursing and for me, psych definitely is NOT the place. Maybe you will love it and this will be your niche, but not for me.
Public health was very boring for me, too. I took mine over the summer and thankfully it was only 5 weeks (regular semester is 8 weeks) and we only had "real" lecture 3 times (I think I would have died if we had lecture for all 5 weeks!) We had clinical 3 days/week and all of our assignments were different. For two days I was with hospice and for one day I was with a home health infusion nurse. The hospice days were pretty boring, tbh. I got really good at taking manual blood pressures and other vital signs and then I would listen to heart/lung/bowel sounds. Of course, while I did all of this, the RN that I was following would ask all of the questions and address all of the problems. I would then have to sit there and watch her chart everything because we weren't allowed to. For home health I did more than just vitals/assessments; I was able to do dressing changes (wound and central lines), draw labs (mostly off central lines but sometimes peripherally) and initiate IV infusions. I got a better sense of what a home health nurse does and got to ask the questions.
Lecture was boring and the information was useless (we got tested on a lot of statistics!!! who uses those???
) and overall I didn't learn very much in that class.
I hope it will be different/more exciting for you!