Hi, I am coat tailing on a previous post from Molly J regarding the limited response by psych nurses to information requests.Psych nurses do not seem to respond to posts like the other specialty nurses do. This is especially troublesome for student nurses (like myself) who are interested in pursuing a career in psych nursing. It is not just on this site either. I have approached quite a few psych nurses to get emloyment information and they have all been very tight lipped. What is the big secret????? I personally just want to know how you like your job, what kind of career opportunities there are for psych nurses, is it better to get an advanced degree as a clinical nurse specialist or as a psychiatric nurse practitioner or is there no benefit to getting an advanced degree? Is there really such a position as a nurse psychotherapist and if so how do you become one ? Can they prescribe meds? Is the pay for psych nursing comparable to other nurse specialties? Is there a high turnover rate for psych nurses? Do you recommend getting some Med -Surg experience first? Some body please break the code of silence . I would REALLY appreciate it.
Thank you so much!