I have been a psychiatric nurse my entire career. Inpatient psychiatric nursing can be very
stressful and often requires quick reaction and high-stakes judgments. Outpatient positions less so, but most outpatient positions require that you have previous experience (inpatient).
Not trying to discourage you, but a surprising number of nurses in other areas have the impression that psych nursing is "easy" and "relaxed." Just wanted to nip that idea in the bud!
Have you and your wife talked about how stressful and demanding (cognitively, emotionally, and physically) just getting through nursing school
You mentioned that you're taking many psychology courses -- have you considered continuing in that direction and pursuing licensure as a psychologist or LPC? Those people typically have more "relaxed" positions than anything I can think of in nursing; not that they're easier, but there's rarely a need to make an immediate, life-or-death decision, and more room/time for reflection. You would still be able to work with stroke clients and their families in those capacities.
Another possibility (now that I'm thinking about it!
) would be occupational therapy (or occupational therapy assistant) -- they also work closely with stroke clients, among others, in a very direct, practical way, and play a vital role in their recovery. That's a role that requires a lot of patience and great "people skills," but is usually practiced in a fairly relaxed environment at a relaxed pace, with little need for quick, high-pressure decision-making.
I'm not trying to necessarily discourage you from nursing, but would encourage you not to lock yourself into the idea of nursing too quickly just because that is your wife's field. There are many possibilities out there.
Best wishes for your journey!