I've seen a few older posts, but wanted to ask if anyone had any experiences to share. Has anyone gone from a Registered Psychiatric Nurse to an RN degree? Is it possible to work in the US or write the NCLEX as an RPN?
I know there are a few bridging programs here in Canada, but would it be worth it to look into American Colleges to "bridge"?
I'm going into my third year of studies in Psych Nursing, and am starting to feel like I may have backed myself into a corner...any input anyone has from their experience, please share!!
Jul 15, '12
Which province are studying in? Your school should be able to provide you with this information.
I've worked with RPNs before on surgical floors and in Continuing Care and they had no additional training.
As far as I know the US doesn't have specialized Psych Nursing Programmes, they just go from their RN education to working on Psych Units. |So I doubt they have bridges.
The RPN exists only in Western Canada and mental health specialist nurses in the UK.
I had thought that Psych Nursing had gone over to the four year degree or is that still the plan for the future?
There was an article in a nursing journal a while back on RPNs and I seem to remember that they had all the usual clinical placements that "regular" nursing students had in addition to the focus on mental health nursing.
Last edit by Fiona59 on Jul 15, '12