Common Nursing Complaints & Psych NP's - Not As Bad? - page 6

Hello All! I am an aspiring Psych NP currently taking my prerequisite classes. I have been reading and searching through this board for many months now (and will continue to) in order to try and prepare myself and get a grasp... Read More

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    How much do you think my background will help me? I understand the distinction you make between trust and respect. It's kind of like the way people who have only done criminal defense view criminal defense lawyers who used to be prosecutors. But I'm wondering if you think my cooworkers would have greater respect for me based upon my work history? That's really important when you work on an interdisciplinary team.
    I too was a lawyer before going back for nursing. Although people will be interested/impressed with your legal background, if your nursing skills and knowledge aren't top notch, your background won't help you. I found the transition from law to nursing to be a significant change. Definitely work as a psych RN while in school. It will help with the transition from thinking like a lawyer to thinking like a nurse. I love what I do, and I'm very glad I made the switch. Good luck!

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    Thanks for the input.It's nice to hear from people who have made the transition. It's funny, though, because I don't think of myself of a lawyer as much as a social worker. For public defenders, it's almost always about sentencing. I spend an unbelievable amount of time doing social histories and working with families.
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    Interesting views but I think one does not have to work as an RN in order to be a good NP. As a matter of fact, I know I had to change my physician with an FNP in a VA hospital who never worked as an RN because of what I though was lack of know and care on the part of the physician. Today, I'm happy with my decision - she's so knowledgeable and caring.


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