I am a new grad RN. (Graduated in Dec). I have always felt very called to psych, did my preceptorship on an acute inpt behavioral health unit. Anyway, I have been offered a job with a local agency that I actually did some clinical time at to be a part of their ACT team. I am excited but nervous. I have a feeling its going to be a VERY challenging position.
There is one other FT RN and a PT RN. The other RN told me I'd mostly be working with meds/med compliance any other health concerns the clients might have. I will have my own caseload of 2 clients though. The other FT RN has been a pscyh nurse for a LONG time and is eager to precept me, but the case management part sort of scares me. I have worked in the insurance industry before, so I know how that goes, but this population is pretty much ALL on medical assistance/SSDI if they are LUCKY.
I know dealing with medical assistance/Medicare is an entirely different ball of wax. I am not TOO worried about safety, this program has been around 15 years and they haven't had any staff injuries *knock on wood*. They have a VERY good relationship with local law enforcement/fire dept. The only thing that is kind of nagging on me is that starting here, I worry that I am going to pigeonhole myself and might never be able to work inpt, if I decide that's something I want to do someday. I LOVED this agency when I did clinical here. I was inspired by what they do, and I remember thinking how great it could be to work here. Anyway, sorry for rambling!