I went to nursing school to be a psych nurse as a second career, but now, a couple of months into my first job in a psych hospital, I'm not sure I'm cut out for working in a hospital like this. I am just not fast enough, and am swamped with paperwork and I keep getting told not to talk to the patients so much (this means more than about 7 minutes per assigned patient or about 30-40 minutes total in an 8-hour shift).
I'd put up with the paperwork and lack of meaningful patient contact, if only in the hope that I would eventually get faster and be able to finish the paperwork faster and squeeze in some extra time with the patients, but I'm not even sure they want me.
Is there anything else in psych nursing that I might be able to do as a relatively new grad? Any other settings where you can actually engage in therapeutic communication with patients? And where speed isn't as essential as it is for a floor nurse?