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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... Read More

  1. Visit  lynds80 profile page
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    Good luck!!! I hope to get back into psych as well.
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  3. Visit  Isitpossible profile page
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    just offered a PRN position in a psych facility for children/adolescents!! sooo happy
  4. Visit  ackiepieRN profile page
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    Yes, I agree with you 110%. I could not see myself working anywhere except psychiatric/substance abuse nursing. I did the med/surg thing for a year to get experience (which I will never regret) but I, much like you, hated the fact that I could not give my patients one on one time without feeling guilty or rushed. Med/Surg is very task-oriented, and I felt like a machine because of it. Meds, Feed, Clean, Repeat. I could go into a laundry list of all the areas of nursing that either bored me to tears or scared the bejeezus out of me.

    Funny how psychiatric nursing doesn't scare me nearly as much ICU/ED/OR etc. Scream at the top of your lungs that I'm "NURSE RETARD" as you flail down the hallway like a bat out of hell? No problem. At least five different alarms going off at once and praying one of them isn't ventilator related? No thank you!
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  5. Visit  lynds80 profile page
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    Omg!! I feel the same way. If I was never part of a Code I would be ok. If I never had to be chest compression again I would be ok. Pysch doesn't scare me at all. Med surg scares me!! I don't feel at home there. Lines tubs drains wounds vents NO thanks it's not for me!
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  6. Visit  adnrnstudent profile page
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    I'm happy with Psych. Been doing it 5 months now.
  7. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
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    I went back to college to get a second degree (nursing) with the sole intent of becomnig a psych NP. I'm now in the process of becoming a psych NP and working as a RN. I don't care for the typical medical stuff either. Yeah, I know I'll see it as a provider, but dealing with it as a mandatory job requirement every work night for 12 hours is killing me. I can't stand it.

    A looong time ago, I was a paramedic (was a side thing), and I still have an interest in emergent care, trauma, medical problems you can fix and send home or fix enough to admit and let someone else deal with, lol. However, my school schedule pretty much precludes ER work as here in medical I mostly sit and type assignments or do what I'm doing now (discussion board).
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  8. Visit  lynds80 profile page
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    I agree, it's very task orientated. And to be honest most of its gross. I've been thinking about my NP in psych a lot lately. Well see. I know the medical aspect isn't for me. Good luck to you, I'm glad other people out there share the same views as i do.
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  9. Visit  macfar28 profile page
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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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  10. Visit  lynds80 profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  mzaur profile page
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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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  12. Visit  Neohippy profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  Neohippy profile page
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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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