My name is Stephanie. I am interested in becoming a nurse, but am currently finishing up my BA in English.
I have grow up around people with mental illnesses, and worked in a transitional community for the mentally ill this summer. I was an "overnight staff", and dispensed meds, talked with people if they were hearing voices or needed to just talk, played games with people, went for walks, and basically interacted with people in their home, and was available all night. After the summer, I moved back out to Boston to continue going to school. I am continuing work with the "graduate" program of the place I worked at this summer. It has been great!! The program is small (10 people) and I work from friday evening until sunday afternoon, all weekend. I sleep in the house, and do the same sort of work that I did this summer. I absolutly love it, and I am very intrigued by the field of psychiatric nursing.
So, here is are my questions: Would my experience as a psych nurse be anything like the work I just described to you? What are different settings (besides a hospital) that a psych nurse can work in? With what kinds of populations, besides the mentally ill, does a psych nurse work? What is it like working on a locked psych floor, or a open floor?
I am very curious about it all, so please share your experiences with me.