Quote from DeBerham
I also think that in the ER, working with patients in acute psychiatric crisis is something that happens quite frequently and there should be some recognition for the work that is done in emergency departments. Also, an expanded knowledge base should be absolutely encouraged especially with diagnoses that are as misunderstood as those in psych.
I agree with you about people with psych diagnoses and situations turning up in the ED (I've worked in jobs where I was the psych coverage for the ED), but, however many psych clients you deal with in the ED, "quite frequently" is a lot different than "all day, every day" (as would be the case in an actual psychiatric nursing position or dedicated psych ED) and you're not managing a psychiatric milieu
, which is a big piece of psychiatric nursing practice.
I'm a big fan of additional learning and encourage you to learn all you can about psychiatric nursing (although I wonder why you would need to be "forced" to, if it's something that sincerely interests you and that you run into at work on a regular basis), but I don't really see that your current situation qualifies as psychiatric nursing practice, as defined by the ANCC or anyone else.
But, hey, my opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it ...