I have an interview next week for a RN position at a state hospital in Virginia and I am a little nervous and excited. I have spent almost 10 years working med-surg but have always had the desire in the back of my mind to enter psych nursing. Even before I entered nursing school I had a BA in psychology and mental health has been prominent in my life since my older sister was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was a teenager. Even though I did my rotation in nursing school at this facility and enjoyed it, I am still a little nervous. Even though this move makes me a little nervous I really think this is what I want to do. Any advice from nurses who work at state hospitals?
Specifically, what is it that you're nervous about?
If it's the fact that it's a state hospital, I can relate. In NC, state psych facilities are not fairing so well right now. But I don't know the situation in Virginia.
As far as psych nursing though, I'd have to say GO FOR IT.
At heart, I'm still a psych nurse. Did it for 12 years, inpatient and outpatient (but not in a state facility). For the past several months I've worked for a private managed care company and it's a different world. Sadly for me, I don't even get to handle the psych stuff. The stress level is much better, but the 'warm fuzzies' are missing. You know - the things that can sometimes make us feel that we're in the right place.
Last edit by Mary Dover on Oct 1, '02