CassiesMomma 492 Views
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You might also want to talk to the teachers at the school you are interested in. Usually, they are nurses with experience and dealings with the BON. Time is certainly important. I know where I live, the BON meets like 4 times a year, so if you have to get a ruling you have to get your case in at the soonest meeting or wait another 3-4 months. Just something to keep in mind.
I work in an adolescent facility and they were more interested in any experience that I may have had with children - I taught literacy to DJJ kids in college, I have kids of my own, I teach Sunday School, I taught college freshmen while in grad school, that kind of thing. I really did have some experience with kids when I thought about it. Also, if you've worked Med/Surg or ER you've dealt with psych. Play up the aspects of your resume that are specific to psych in the cover letter. I had a more generic resume with school, work experience, and skills/abilities but in the cover letter I expressed my desire to get into psych and which aspects of my experience and abilities lend themselves to psych. I think one of the best things to express is a situation in which you took a lot of abuse from a patient and in the end realized that it wasn't personal and that you couldn't take things personally in nursing because in psych, you gotta have thick skin and be able to turn the other cheek when someone is insulting or rude. It's a hard place for folks to be and the family members are sometimes the ill ones! I love psych and I can't imagine any specialty I'd rather be in but it isn't pretty much of the time, and sometimes it'll just break your heart but then I'm still pretty new and just out of school too so the joke where I work is that I still like the patients. I do though and I am lucky to be able to work with them! Oh yeah, we don't use chemical or physical restraints, only manual holds - so we take some pretty hard blows on occasion as well! Good luck!
I used to make 70K for sitting around at a government job as well but I chose nursing because I can't stand sitting around for 8 hours with nothing to do. Nursing may not pay as much but the rewards are way worth it to me! I love my job, my coworkers, and my patients and that's something money can't buy.
Nursing is NOT for someone who is doing it for the money or would rather sit around all day doing nothing. And if you find it boring, why on earth would you want to pursue it anyway?! Good luck finding what makes you happy!! If you like your job then it's not work!
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