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  1. Has anyone ever worked in the Psych ER/Psychiatric Emergency Services?
    It's a very fast-paced environment. Patients come and go (often time within 3-4 hours). It's admission and discharge all day long. Things can and do get crazy really quickly. For instance, you may...
    Jun 26, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Advice on Psych NP vs. Psychiatry MD/DO
    If you have time, capability, and determination, I would say go to medical school and become a psychiatrist. Having a MD or DO behind your name opens many many doors and you will get to really be in...
    Mar 21, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. LPN. or RN
    Wow, really? I have honestly never heard such a story. In my area (So Cal), RNs make a LOT more than LVNs, including LTC (I have a RN friend who has worked there since he was a CNA). That must be...
    Jan 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  4. Scared at new job in psychiatric hospital
    I think $21 per hour is too low for a psych nurse in that environment (considering all the risks and such). I make more than double of that working at a private psych facility and I have a LVN who...
    Jan 17, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. LPN. or RN
    Are you kidding me? RNs (whether BSN or ADN) get paid substantially more than LVNs/LPNs, not to mention more opportunities in terms of specialization and administration. If you can afford it, go for...
    Jan 16, '12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. Is this staffing normal???
    Definitely not safe! It's dangerous that you are the only RN on the unit. There should be at least one more RN and one more MHW.
    Jan 5, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. Anyone find CRNA School EASIER than made out to be?
    If you are young, I'd say go to med school. If that is what you really want, don't settle for anything else. You will be happier in the end. You have just completed your first semester of nursing...
    Dec 13, '11
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  8. Geri psych security, no respiratory therapy
    I float to a Geriatric Psych ICU unit (high acuity) frequently and what you described is pretty common. Having RT on call or even not having RT after hours at all is not really a big deal. Also, at...
    Dec 12, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. Job Hopping.........a bad thing??
    Take whatever is BEST for you and your family.
    Dec 11, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. alternatives to hospital-based psych nursing?
    It can be frustrating sometimes how little time we have to spend interacting with patients. Since you work 8-hour shifts, I imagine it would be hard to spend time with your patients. I work 12-hour...
    Dec 8, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Is becoming a Nurse hard?
    Becoming a nurse is not hard but being a nurse (working) is really hard. The educational requirements, intensity, and difficulty are far less than medicine. There are plenty of public schools in CA...
    Dec 5, '11
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  12. psych tech to psych nurse?
    That is probably the best thing you could have done. Once you have your foot in the door, it would be much easier to get a job once you have your RN license.
    Dec 2, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Need advice! Jeopardizing my license? Violation of hospital policy.
    I don't know but at my work (psych hospital), certain RNs can do face-to-face for S&R. They have to be certified/qualified of some sort (most of the time it's the nurse managers or house...
    Dec 2, '11
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  14. First job in Psych nursing
    I would say any opportunity right now is a good opportunity (considering the state of job market at the moment). Maybe, you could work at this job while looking for a hospital job? Any experience is...
    Nov 28, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Nursing as a 2nd career
    If I were you, I would continue on to get a Master's degree or a Ph.D. in your field. Nursing is very different from Biology and "hard" science (and this coming from someone who has a BS in Biology...
    Nov 18, '11
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  16. How can new RN grads in CA get experience?
    I would also strongly encourage you to work during nursing school as well. CNA, Unit Clerk, ER Tech, Secretary are all good options. Working will help you network and eventually get a job once you...
    Nov 18, '11
    Forum: California Nursing
  17. What is a good California travel RN rate?
    That is REALLY low for California.
    Nov 17, '11
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  18. Rude interviews - Common?
    It's not "normal" but since you mentioned it's a county facility, I'm not that surprised either. Well, at least you maintained professionalism and did your best. Good luck.
    Nov 3, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. How much they pay hourly for Psychiatric Techs? DC-MD-VA area
    I think you should take it. December is just around the corner (like month away). At least you get your foot in the door. Once you have the license, they could just promote you to a RN position....
    Nov 3, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Nurse volunteers: Do you sign "RN"?
    I wouldn't do it. You are there as a regular volunteer, not a nurse volunteer. I rarely sign my name with a R.N. unless it is at work or there is an absolute reason to do so.
    Oct 28, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Mixing medications for emergency treatments
    At my facility, we do combine Haldol and Ativan together and give Benadryl by itself.
    Oct 26, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. CPI certification needed / new grad
    That's odd that they would require you to have it before getting a job. I got mine after I accepted a job and it was paid for by the employer.
    Oct 25, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. I hate being a nurse
    Nursing is a job and like any other job, I do the best I can. I give it 100% when I'm at work. When I leave, I don't think about it. It's almost like I have 2 personalities. When I'm off, I am...
    Oct 25, '11
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Staffing Levels in Psych
    For nights, at least there should be 1 RN, 1 Med Nurse (LVN or LPT), and perhaps 1-2 techs. In an ICU where I work, day shifts have 2 RNs, 1 Med Nurse, 3 MHWs. At night, in the same unit, they have 1...
    Oct 9, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. Is psych a good experience for a new grad to go to med/surg?
    If you can't get a job somewhere else, then of course, keep this psych job (for now). Continue to look for Med-Surg job meanwhile and once you get that, then you can quit this job. I think any...
    Oct 6, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing

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