I am currently a nursing student in Texas who will be graduating (fingers crossed) in May. I feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the areas of nursing that are available to me and I am looking for some advice or guidance from those who were once in my shoes!
I feel a calling towards psychiatric nursing, seeing as Texas is the 48th state for "best" mental health care. I believe this area of nursing is frequently over looked, and it interests me deeply. Not many of my classmates enjoyed this portion of our education, therefore I am having difficulty finding somebody to relate to in my interest for mental health care. I plan on speaking with my psychiatric nursing professor about job opportunities available to me in the psychiatric field. I just want to make sure this is really the area I would like to work in. I still have quite a bit of time before I graduate but I know it will creep up on me faster than I will realize.
So I suppose my question is: how did you all know which area of nursing was right for you?
I have surfed the web for quizzes to help narrow down my interests but most of these quizzes seem a bit, unreliable.
Another question specifically aimed at nurses in the psychiatric field: What qualities in a nurse do you believe are crucial to psychiatric care? What advice would you give to a nursing student considering going into psychiatric nursing?
Thank you to all in advance, it was very comforting to find a website like this that I could reach out to fellow nurses and soon to be or hopeful nurses!