new grad/psych nurse

  1. I'm a new grad as of Friday, and I love psych nursing........ I've been told to get my "Skills" the physical ones first though.
    I am hired to work in a CTICU, but I feel I really need to be in psych nursing. Is it possible that I work prn psych somewhere while I work CTICU, just to get the feel? What do you think?
    xoxo
    Jen
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Murt
    They told me the same, that i should do normal stuff first. But the pay was so bad i went straight into psych and havnt regretted. Ok i havnt set a drop etc since but it takes like 2 minutes to learn it again and whereever you are youll allways learn new stuff.
    Go straight into it if thats what you want to do, listen to yourself.
  4. by   sbic56
    I agree with Murt. I loved psych and when I was working it, I had very little "other" background and it didn't adversely affect my performance as a psych nurse. You have the basics. I don't see the need to work in a field you are not going to be using, but you should be able to do a basic physical assesment, which you should be able to do at this point, anyway.

    I have to admit, though, that my psych experience has been very helpful in my subsequent positions.
  5. by   sanakruz
    Do what you love-You will see plenty of medical patients if you work on an inpt. psych unit- detox ,s/p overdoses,diabetics,lupus clients HIV etc etc.It's REAL nursing no doubt about it!Murts right
    Not alot of IV's, true enough-plenty of straight caths tho,as haldol can cause urinary retention. Lots of IM haldol to be given.
  6. by   TinyNurse
    Thanks for the advice, i've accepted a prn position in a local behavioral unit!!!!!!
    xoxo
    Jen
  7. by   sanakruz
    Right on! Keep us posted!
  8. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by TinyNurse
    Thanks for the advice, i've accepted a prn position in a local behavioral unit!!!!!!
    xoxo
    Jen
    Ditto! Glad you went for it!
  9. by   TinyNurse
    well i'm keeping you posted i worked last weekend, in training, and broke up a fight actually. The RN in charge said I did a great job of redirecting! haha
  10. by   sbic56
    Good for you! We knew you'd be great!

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