Quote from LilaDavis
Hope this doesn't cause any offense as this is the area I'd most love to work in.
"do you think there will still be room for the nurses who want to work in acute inpatient settings?
I think I just worry sometimes about the outlook."
What are your thoughts?
When I saw your questions it gave me the giggles!!! If only self fulfilling prophecy really worked in this situation, then your worries would actually be a wonderful outcome! The "push," for community care has been happening for over 40 years! Sadly, we are still failing at this great goal because our community has made an insignificant investment in nursing care. NO! Psychiatric nursing is not a dying profession, if anything it should be growing, because our psychiatric community is growing. Psychologists and techs are great but they are not skilled in medications and interventions to manage patients care plans
What is a concern, is that there are fewer nurses wanting to enter the psychiatric field. It is a specialty field that is extremely stressful, can be at times dangerous, and time consuming. Many new nurses entering our profession do not want to work with psychiatric patients because they are not trained appropriately to work with them. They are concerned about loosing their med-surg skills or being injured after just finishing nursing school
. What some new and older nurses do not realize is that mental health patients are everywhere. The approach, speech, affect, tone, and mental flexibility of the nurse are skills needed for working with mental health patients. It is psychiatric nurses who historically helped the sick in communities, especially when others had given up. If the psychiatric nursing profession were to really die, then nursing itself would not exist.