Hey all. Thanks for any replys in advance.
So I am in my final year of nursing school and will be graduating with my RN (associates) and was considering a career in the mental health field. I have worked as a CNA on a geriatric psych floor and new that there is no way in he** I would want to work there again when I finish. My actual desire to be able to engage patients emotionally and verbally more than just physically assessing and handing out meds. So my question is, what is my best path? The NP on my geripsych floor barely ever even speaks to a patient. She pretty much banters with doctors and nurses over what meds to give or adjust. I want to deal with medications as little as possible for personal and ethical reasons. I don't mind giving them out quite so much (although I would prefer not to and certainly don't want that to be the main point of my job) but I prefer to not have my day revolve around giving them out. I guess I am wondering whether I was better suited to be a therapist, social worker, psychologist, etc. or is there still hope for me? What to you guys think? Is there a path where nursing/therapy/counseling/stress reduction/etc. merge? I would love to integrate some mindfulness meditation, dialectal behavior therapy, and other ideas of that sort into a psych nursing career. Thank you so much for any help you can give me.
Oh and am I doomed to have to get my BSN before I move on? The more I research the more it seems inevitable that I have to spend another two years to get my BSN before I can further my education in the psych department specifically unless I completely jump ship and go for my MSW. Thanks again.