What will a bachelors in psychology get me as a nurse? - page 2
I passed nclex last dec 2013 and I've always considered being a psychologist or even eventually getting into psychiatric nursing. So if I were to take psychology how could I use my degree being a RN? if ever I decide not to... Read More
- 1Feb 14 by calivianyaIt definitely won't get you anything. My first bachelor's was in Psych - I was qualified for the exact same $10/hr job I was already working after that, which is why I went back for nursing. I started off at exactly the same pay as every other new grad nurse. It will not get you opportunities and it will not get you a job. I can't really see a positive aspect in it, honestly. If you have a lot of disposable income to burn, though, I will tell you that I had a lot of fun getting my psych degree!
- 0Feb 14 by itsbekahthanks wveryone for your feedback. Psych is something I am really interested in even before I took nursing. I'll take into consideration everything and do a little more research into it. Also, I know what psych wards look like but im not phased cause everyone needs help and thats how I want to help, thats where mybinterest really is. Based on the comments im a little discouraged to pursue a career as a psychologist but Im not going to be satiafied working as a nurse even a mhnp. I guess ill have to do some research into this more.
- 0Feb 21 by hhisrnThe hospital I am at is gorgeous on the inside and outside, and does not smell like urine (even on the geriatric unit). I am sorry that your stays were unpleasant, but I hate for others to deter nurses to getting into the specialty based on the opinion that ALL psych facilities are like hotels and not places of healing.
- 0Feb 21 by Retired APRNQuote from dirtyhippiegirlI'm sorry you had that bad experience.Dude, as a former frequent-flyer psych patient, the poster's description of psych units as motels is pretty much spot-on.
Only motels where you really don't want to sit in the chairs because someone probably peed in them.
There are all kinds of facilities; some are good, some are atrocious. You're painting an entire field of medicine and nursing with a very broad brush. My experiences as a nurse, even at a state hospital, were not of the kind you describe. It must have awful. I'm glad you were able to get better anyway.
I would not describe all psych hospitals like this, and I would not denigrate the field of psychiatric nursing in that way either.