Psych question - page 3

Is there anyone out there that only wants to do psych nursing? I recently accepted a med surg job after leaving pysch, and realized I have no interest In the medical aspect of things. I love the one on one I get with psych.... Read More

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    After receiving a BA in psychology and realizing that wasn't going to pay the rent, I went back and got my BSN so that I could practice in the psych field (grad school was an option but at that time there were few programs available). Best thing I ever could have done. Trust your gut. If you love it, do it.
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    Thanks, I have an interview next week with working with children. I hope I'm not jumping the gun and leaving the medical unit too soon. I can't imagine doing this for long term at all... I find it boring and task orienting.
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    Quote from macfar28
    After receiving a BA in psychology and realizing that wasn't going to pay the rent, I went back and got my BSN so that I could practice in the psych field (grad school was an option but at that time there were few programs available). Best thing I ever could have done. Trust your gut. If you love it, do it.
    That's too bad you couldn't do grad school. There is a huge demand for psych NPs.
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    No, you aren't "crazy"! I feel exactly the same way! I'm about to finish nursing school and the only thing I want to do is psych nursing. I just hope I will be able to find a job in it without psych nursing experience (though plenty of personal experience with family members, but I digress ) The only reason I have stuck it out in nursing school is because I dream of working in psych and even becoming a psych NP eventually. Many years ago, I started out majoring in psychology, wanting to be a therapist, but I was silly and quit school to get married. Well, now I'm divorced 20 years later and back where I started. My first love has always been and always will be mental health.
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    As far as I'm concerned, all this worry about "losing your medical skills" by working in psych is moot anyway--if your love is psych and what you intend to keep doing indefinitely, who really cares? Therapeutic communication and psych assessment are a whole other set of skills that we get to hone that nurses on med-surg floors may not have to the degree that psych nurses do (I'm sure of that, actually), so it's just focusing on one skill set over another--the most relevant skill set to your chosen area of nursing! I say go for what you love--life is too bloody short.
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