I have been job hunting for more than 7 months with no luck / no interviews.
attempt after attempt nothing happened.
Finally, I am being called for an interview upstate NY Psych facility. Its about 8 hour
drive from where I live right now but I can be eligible for a transfer since this is a
I am not a fan of Psychiatric Nursing but at this point of time I am ready to take up
But, I don't wish to end up in the Psych. Field all my life.
How high are the chances of a Nurse with Psych Unit experience, to shift gears
and make a landing into a Med Surge / Pediatrics ?
Jul 18, '12
I'm in a similar situation, I worked at a Private Mental Health Hospital for a couple years as a mental health worker and am now working as an RN on a geri-psych unit which also provides basic medical needs like IV's and wound care. I was offered a position on a Dual Diagnosis unit, so now I'm wondering if I should stay in geri-psych because there is a bigger medical component than the dual diagnosis unit (even though i believe I would enjoy the dual diag. unit more)---my ultimate goal is to get into med-surg within a couple of years.
As for the OP, I know of nurses that started in psych and were able to transfer for medical units- but generally you need to be a go-getter with a strong personality, and they also had tons of volunteer work and certifications too.
Thanks for any input.
Last edit by VanasMommyRN on Jul 18, '12
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