Accepted position to be a pysch nurse:)

  1. I am an LPN who has always worked in the outpatient clinic setting. I applied for a position at our local pysch hospital, which is privately owned and I got the job. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I will be working 6pm-630am 3 days a week, every 3rd weekend and every 3rd holiday. I have never worked nights before, so it will be very different for me and I am already making plans on how to acclimate my self to the new schedule. The pay is fantastic.

    I have been out of nursing for 7 months and now I am on my way back.

    I have to be truthful when I say that I never had a big desire to work pysch, but some how my path has lead me in that direction ( I hope I have found my niche). I look forward to the challenge and the chance to help those with mental illness lead a normal life.

    Wish me luck on my new career move and any and all advice is welcome.

    nd_mom
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Congratulations and good luck!
  4. by   Little Panda RN
    Thank you so much for replying Jules A. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Your good luck means alot!
  5. by   ABC77
    I too have accepted a new position as a pysch nurse.

    Congratulations to you.

    I too am nervous. This is my first job since graduating in May as a RN. I wish I could get past this fear better than how I am. I know I don't know all that I need to and seeing the fast pace that people are moving at work, I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up.

    Help!
  6. by   Little Panda RN
    Quote from ABC77
    I too have accepted a new position as a pysch nurse.

    Congratulations to you.

    I too am nervous. This is my first job since graduating in May as a RN. I wish I could get past this fear better than how I am. I know I don't know all that I need to and seeing the fast pace that people are moving at work, I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up.

    Help!


    Yes, I do understand how nervous you are, because I feel the same way. I am venturing into the night shift, which I have never worked before. So many unkowns.

    Congratulations too you also ABC77 and the best of luck to you on your new venture.
  7. by   RanieRN
    Congratulations to both of you! I've been in the psych field for 15 years, 8 as an RN, and have never found it dull or boring. :wink2:
  8. by   Little Panda RN
    Thank you for your reply Lourain, it is greatly appreciated.

    I have been thinking about this job over the weekend and I have some concerns about working in pysch.

    I can be a nervous person at times especially when it comes to violence. I tend to get the flight or fight syndrome. I have a brother who is has mental illness actually believes he is a profit from God at times. He makes me nervous so I stay away from him. He is not on any medications and would never believe that he has a mental illness. He has tried to hurt my mom in the past, so I choose to stay away from him. I grew up in a very violent home and I am sure this is why I am gun shy as you can say.

    Anyways my concern is the type of patients I will come in contact with. Will I abe able to handle myself around a potientally violent patient. I am actually making myself sick to my stomach thinking about it.

    I also am not sure if I can handle the night shift. Never have worked nights so I really dont know.

    Am I cut out to be a pysch nurse or am I setting myself up for failure?

    Have any of you pysch nurses expierenced these type of feelings and do they eventually go away.

    I would really apprecitaed any advice any of you could give me. I dont want to make a mistake here.

    What does it take to be a pysch nurse?

    Please advise.


    nd_mom
  9. by   Little Panda RN
    Well I called and declined the pysch nurse position stating that I feel I would be unable to work nights since I am such a day person. I did alot of soul searching these last 5 days and came to the understanding that I am not cut out for pysch. I feel I would get to nervous and stressed. I feel sad that now I have to start looking once again. Oh well as the saying goes "life goes on". I am a good nurse, I just need to find my place.
  10. by   RNhiker
    If you change your mind some day, just know that it is normal to be apprehensive. I have worked in acute psych for 19 years and still feel nervous before work when I know that we have assaultive patients on the unit. Fight or flight is just human nature, and helps to keep us safe and alert. Good luck with your job hunt.

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