I will be a new grad RN as of December (yay! almost there!), and I was relatively certain I wanted to go into psych when I began nursing school
. I have a prior BA in Psychology and several years of experience in various psych settings (research, intensive-in-home, psychiatrist/psychologist's office). I feel like my prior experiences and degree will make me a good fit for this specialty, but I am *constantly* hearing about how dangerous psych is, as well as a general attitude that this area of the nursing field is substandard in some way. It is my feeling that a general unit can be just as dangerous--albeit in other ways--and I've never felt more "at home" than I did when I was in my psych rotation (possibly with the exception of community nursing, which often involved many of the same skill sets). That said, I am certainly not looking forward to the possibility of being injured, spit on, or anything else of that sort, and I'm wondering how common that really is. There were a couple of incidents where doctors were attacked in my last job, but it was extremely rare. So my question is this: knowing what you know now about the real risks vs. benefits of this specialty, would you do it again? What advice do you have?