I want to go into psychiatry as a nurse but my coworkers a re telling me to go into medsurg for one year before going into psych. they explained about going straight into psych would not be as profitable for me and some organizations require the nurse to do a least one year med surg. Is that true? and Why?
Sep 20, '07
I think you need the reenforcement of your medical skills before going into psych full time. If you get to psych and find that it's not a good fit, you will not get the same intensive orientation when you transfer out that a new grad nurse would on a medical floor. It would be a much shorter time before you're expected to hit the ground running. So much is learned your first year. Nursing school doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.
Also, don't kid yourself. You will have plenty of patients to put your psych skills to good use on if you work med-surg. Just because someone has a psych history, does not mean that he/she is free of other medical problems. I can't begin to count the number of patients with a psych issues that I have treated on various "regular" floors.
Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Sep 20, '07