About to start in a Psych Hospital.. - page 2

Hi everyone! I've been a graduate of Nursing since 09, but just recently licensed. I am going to start my first job here in the US in a private psych hospital. Best to say that I am very excited, although on the other hand,... Read More

  1. 0
    First of all, in my opinion, your employer has set you (and everyone else) up for failure, which is totally unfair. I am sure that most of that 2 weeks of orientation was sitting in a classroom learning theoretical stuff when you have no idea what they're really talking about. It's like giving classes on how to ride a bike and you've never even seen one! Crappy orientations are my biggest pet peeve in nursing. I've been a nurse for over 18 years. I worked in Psych as a tech while I was in nursing school and when I graduated, landed a Psych job. I had a REAL preceptor. We worked the same days for 6 weeks, in addition to all the classroom stuff we had to do. She actually taught me what I needed to know and gave me more and more to do on my own, so that at the end of those 6 weeks I felt comfortable. I have also worked med/surg, peds, home health, corrections and most were wholly inadequate. I just started a psych position where nurses basically get 2 shifts on the floor. Most of the units only have 1 nurse, so you best be ready to be charge in 2 days! There are a number of new grads that started with me. How unfair to put ANY nurse, let alone a NEW nurse in such a position. Shameful! In the right place, with the right team and the right administration that really values their employees Psych can be awesome. I have learned so much about myself working with this population. I wish you the best!

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors