Transition Tips for Psych RN Moving to Pediatric Rehab

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    Hi! I'm a relatively new nurse, and I have been working in adult psych for 9 months. It is just not for me, and I am currently in school for RN/BSN/MSN. I already have the BSN and I am continuing on in hopes of becoming a family nurse practitioner. I really wanted to get into peds, so I applied to a children's institute that I did clinicals at when I was in school. I just found out today that I got the job! I know that I really want to do this, but I am just so nervous because I feel like it has been forever since I've used any good nursing skills. I also am not sure of the day to day operations of a pediatric rehab. I know I will be working night shift. Can anyone give me any insight/tell me what I can expect to help me calm my nerves!!? Thanks!!
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    Anyone??? I can't ever get anyone to answer my questions lol
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    The reason for that may be that people aren't seeing past the title of your thread. They may have the mistaken impression that you're asking about psychiatric nursing in a peds rehab setting (which would have a very narrow target population of members out there - if there are any at all), but you're not. How about if I edit the title of the thread and see if it makes a difference.
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    Thank you SO much! I would appreciate it. I haven't been able to seek advice from anyone in my community, so I'm willing to take whatever I can get!
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    Noah'sRNMom, please pm me if you like. I have some thoughts on your question.
    I am traveling this weekend, but can get back to you the beginning
    of next week...
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    Noah'sRNMom, unfortunately I am unable to send PM messages since I just signed up for allnurses. I am actually in the exact same position and wondered how your situation turned out. I graduated Dec. '11, and began working in psych approx 7 months ago. I have an interview today for a pediatric rehab PRN position. Although I don't mind my job, I am really concerned about losing my clinical skills and narrowing my future opportunities unless I keep my resume steadily building with clinical positions. ANY advice, feedback, guidance etc you have would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thank you!
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    Noah'sRNMom and sunnyRN1,

    I'm in the very same boat as you except my undergrad background is in psych. I'm a fairly new grad and been working adult psych for 14 months and am terribly concerned about losing what little medical skills I have left. So much so that I'm considering resigning, moving back home, and applying for a few peds spots that I've been. I'm wondering how everything turned out and if you both have any advice or anything at all? HELP!
    Thanks =]


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