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, and same amount of emotion, I am quite scared and nervous. This is my first real nursing experience, and I can't believe that I actually got in the hospital. Psych really isn't my first choice (sorry to those who love Psych), although I don't entirely hate it either. I accepted it because it was the first hospital to call back to offer me a job, and I figured it's a way to get my foot in the door, and if eventually I fell in love with it, then it's a good decision, or if not, then it's a lesson learned. I've always leaned towards critical care, although I think all new grads/inexperienced nurses are. My only exposure in a psych unit was for 2 weeks. I had fun, although I had a hard time understanding and connecting with my patient, literally and figuratively.
Anyway, I just wanted to share what I'm feeling and I guess the question I want to ask is what advice do you give to someone who is newly entering the field? Was psych your first choice? What do you love/hate about it? How do you become an effective psych nurse, and what could I possibly expect?
Thanks for all your input guys. I am totally open-minded to all your advice or criticisms. I am very eager to learn.
I started out in a private psych hospital, I enjoyed it. I then moved on to a regular hospital and I truly hate it. I want to get out of nursing all together. Maybe if I had stayed in psych I wouldnt feel the same way. Maybe if you are passionate about nursing on a whole you'll be fine. Good luck. I have only been a nurse for 20 months
Last edit by astia on Feb 10, '12
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