Quote from McPheelingLucky
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?
This quoted portion seems to be the essence of your enquiry. It may be the type of question, like many personal questions, that you are gonna hafta answer through an Empirical Endeavor. However- I can give you one perception:
One of the great things about Nursing is that one can attain their desires through Practising their Art. Most Individuals seeking assistance in dealing with their emotional pain just want to be heard and understood. So you can do what you're setting out to do.
But you're gonna hafta assess and pass pills because that what Nurses do. In our Allopathically-Dominated Society, Immediate Gratifaction and Quick Fixes are The Way. Finding Patients who will consider Alternative Methods, from my experience , is gonna be The Chore.
But, hey, I can appreciate your Gumption. Keep on keeping on.