Hi all- I have enjoyed reading previous posts regarding psychiatric mental health programs- it has been helpful throughout my own decision making and application process. To anyone currently in the program or already graduated, if you did not have previous psych experience, did you feel well prepared?
I have gotten extremely opposite feedback from very reliable sources, which has left me confused. Well trusted staff from my BSN program said it is basically a necessity to have psych experience prior to entering the program, which left me discouraged. (I have 4 years of NICU experience, including a year of travel. I also have a bachelors degree in psychology.) On the other hand, other faculty members from separate universities in which I am applying, have assured me that previous experience is not necessary.
Although I have enjoyed my time in the NICU, I am constantly drawn to the mental health issues that many of my patients parents are dealing with. I would rather read about mental health topics than any other, and feel that I crave this knowledge and want to make a difference. Do you think this desire to know more is telling enough on whether or not this is the direction for me? Any advice, experiences and opinions welcome and appreciated! Thanks!