I've been a NICU nurse for two years this July. My background before nursing is in psych; my first bachelor's was in Psychology, then I worked in a group home for two years, followed by one year as a case manager. In the group home, I was the "client coordinator," basically doing assessments and coordinating care for 12 developmentally disabled adults, all of whom had a psychiatric diagnosis (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.). While I did administrative tasks, mostly, I did do a lot of hand's-on care with the clients, and also witnessed a lot of the challenges that come along with working with this population; i.e. a client had a coworker in a throat hold and tried to get a knife to cut him, getting poop thrown at me, threats of suicide (constantly)... the local PD knew all of the clients very well, and the house managers and I made numerous trips to the local psych wards.
As a case manager, I obtained Medicaid services for adults and children, mostly with physical disabilities, albeit there were certainly mental health challenges as well.
I love the NICU immensely, but I find myself missing psych a lot.
Would it be possible to move from NICU to psych? Would I be making a mistake by doing this? I admit that I don't have any nursing experience in a psychiatric unit and I can't say that I know 100% that I'd love working in a psychiatric unit, but the hospital I did my clinical rotations at for psych has multiple openings for psych nurses (also makes me wonder why they have so many openings...)
A much lesser consideration is that they also hire associate degree RNs... my husband will be done with his associate degree program in nursing next May, and I'm thinking that as an employee, I might be able to assist him in getting a job there as a new grad.
Any insight? I greatly appreciate it