Honest advise needed

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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 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!!!
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    Go with Psych.
    If that's what you like and that's where you want to stay... embrace it.
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    I figure so few actually like working in psych ( and I LOVE IT) that it is better for me and my patients to stay where I am.
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    If you were close to finishing up a year in med/surg--like at the 10-11 month mark--then I'd say stick out the year just so you have it under your belt.

    Otherwise, try to go where you will be happy: life and careers are too short to do otherwise.

    Quote from lynds80
    Just interview today and was offered a position on a children/adolescent unit.
    And especially go if you have a job offer there!
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    I worked in psych for 20 years and loved it. Go where your heart is and consider a grad degree down the line.
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    Thanks for the advise! I've only been on med surg for about 2 months, I just hate job hoping... But I cannot imagine doing bedside nursing. I am nervous working with children.
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    Why did you leave the first psych job after 3 months?
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    Quote from marshmallowstar
    Why did you leave the first psych job after 3 months?
    It wax only pt 40 every 2 wks.
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    Quote from lynds80
    It wax only pt 40 every 2 wks.
    Sometimes, if you really want to get into a specific area, you kinda have to work your way into it, to get the hours and bennies you want in the end.
    So, if I really wanted a psych position, but I was only offered PRN, well, I'd take that.
    It would give me experience and get my foot in the door for when a part-time or full-time position opened (meanwhile, I'd have another 20-40hr/week job elsewhere for bennies).
    It seems (around here, anyway) that there are not a whole lot of psych openings. Obviously, it's just a smaller area (not as many psych hospitals as medical hospitals) and those nurses who do get into psych... stay there.
    Most psych nurses I know, would not give up their spots for anything.
    Here's another chance for you... take it! Take it!
    Last edit by Hygiene Queen on May 10, '13 : Reason: I realized something wrote sounded unintentionally rude!
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Sometimes, if you really want to get into a specific area, you kinda have to work your way into it, to get the hours and bennies you want in the end.
    So, if I really wanted a psych position, but I was only offered PRN, well, I'd take that.
    It would give me experience and get my foot in the door for when a part-time or full-time position opened (meanwhile, I'd have another 20-40hr/week job elsewhere for bennies).
    That's how I did it: I started PRN and made myself available for four shifts a week. I was rarely cancelled (if anything, staffing called perpetually because they needed bodies). I did have the advantage of not needing benefits, so I could sign on for PRN with no worries. Anyhow, after a year they offered me a permanent position.

    Sometimes you just have to get in by any door you can.


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