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I need some honest advise. I've been a nurse for over a yr now. First job was in psych for about 3 months and now I'm in med surg which I cannot stand. Just interview today and was offered a position on a children/adolescent... Read More

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    Any way you can stay on PRN at the m/s job? I was in the hospital, doing psych and then left for a non-clinical position. I'm picking up a job in a nursing home now (not exactly psych, but there's plenty of gero-psych patients out there) and I'm thinking of applying for a PRN position in a hospital, either psych again or m/s. I know if you ever wanted to switch out again, most acute care jobs still want recent acute care experience.

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    I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 15 years and wouldn't do anything else. It's a great area of nursing with a caveat that it is not for everyone. Seeing for yourself that you have made difference in someone's life is very gratifying. Some nurses look down upon psychiatric nurses because we do not start an IV on daily basis. I could brag if I wanted to and pretend to be holier-than-thou but that is not my style.
    If you liked your 3-month stint, I'd say that you do have to give yourself a little more time before you decide your final choice. I do want to warn you that psychiatric nurses have more than their fair share of violence than most other areas of nursing (except for E.R.). I can say that from personal experience.
    One more word of caution: I wouldn't want to do overtime or long shifts (12 hours or 16 hours), although I have done it in the past.
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    Life is short.....Do what you were born to do....Be a psyche Nurse...let the adrenaline junkies do ER, let the CCICU nurses be OCD, just go with your gut and it will never let you down.........

    All the Best
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    Quote from jlnewnurse
    Life is short.....Do what you were born to do....Be a psyche Nurse...let the adrenaline junkies do ER, let the CCICU nurses be OCD, just go with your gut and it will never let you down.........

    All the Best
    Thank you! I just keep trying to plan for the future as well. But I honestly cannot imagine myself doing any type of floor nursing it isn't for me. I feel like if I don't take this job I will keep thinking what if.. Plus med surg, calling doctors all night isn't for me!
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    Quote from lynds80
    I need some honest advise. I've been a nurse for over a yr now. First job was in psych for about 3 months and now I'm in med surg which I cannot stand. Just interview today and was offered a position on a children/adolescent unit.

    I cannot ever picture myself in med surg, ER, neuro, just to name a few. I've loved psych before I became an RN.

    Does anyone feel I should try to stick It out in med surg? I truly believe my heart is psych.

    Feedback welcomed thank you!!!
    Go for the psych job. If you love psych you'll keep going back to it like an itch you cain't scratch.
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    Yup, come on back to the dark side. I will have a year of experience next week. I have worked all that time in psych. First in Tue community then inpt.I will tell you that while child and adolescent is great, I feel like that's the area that you are most likely to get hit/kicked/spat on/bit etc. Kids have nooooo impulse control.
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    Quote from TerpGal02
    Yup, come on back to the dark side. I will have a year of experience next week. I have worked all that time in psych. First in Tue community then inpt.I will tell you that while child and adolescent is great, I feel like that's the area that you are most likely to get hit/kicked/spat on/bit etc. Kids have nooooo impulse control.
    Thank you! I've always been drawn to psych but just been trying like everyone to convince myself that I need med surg exp. even though I am learning a lot it's not for me. Eventually I want to get a graduate degree and do sometime of counseling
    That possible?


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