I work as a psych nurse on the night shift because I'm terrified to do anything else. I've been an RN for three years and I still hold my first position I got after graduation. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy psych nursing but I feel like its holding me back. I'm bored with my job and I need a change but I'm so afraid to get into another area of nursing. During nursing school
, my clinical rotations were a nightmare for me. Psych nursing was the only thing I felt comfortable doing. So here I am, three years later, feeling quite safe but hating myself for not being brave. I so admire nurses who can handle the everyday challenges of med/surg, ICU, telemetry, Peds, etc. and I deeply envy them as well. If I am truly honest with myself I can say I lack the confidence and organization that it takes to handle the stressful day-to-day tasks that most nurses endure. I work night shift because it is relatively laid back and I don't have to deal with the chaos of doctors, social workers, visitors, phone calls, etc. I might add that doctors scare me to death and I try to a avoid them unless absolutely necessary. I love my patients and I enjoy the luxury of having time to spend talking to them(another plus for psych). I want so much to be as confident and composed as so many other nurses. Sorry for the long post. I guess I just need some insight and/or encouragement. Thank you.