Hi- so I also posted this in the Psych Nurse forum... I'm passionate about behavioral nursing, and it's the reason why I went into nursing.
So, I am a novice/beginner nurse, only 2 years of Psych Nursing (only 2 years in nursing at all)... our unit is undergoing some change in management, and it's causing me to want to explore the possibility of travel nursing.
Do you think 2 years is enough experience for me to realistically pursue travel nursing, or do you think I'd be shooting myself in the foot?
(I'm also thinking about transitioning into wound care in 5 years, and kind of wanted to establish some connections in Atlanta or Cleveland so I could work and go to school for wound care)
Should be enough time to be a successful psych traveler.
Yes! Psych is my baby and I've been in psych for 7 out of 8 years. (I had a meltdown about 4 years ago and my life went to $hit so I ended in LTC for a bit.)
I think traveling was a good idea now that I felt ready and comfortable. I got 2 days of orientation and it took a week to get access to the EMR/computer charting/Pyxis, but psych is psych. I'm actually on a much less acute unit than I'm used to, with great teamwork and a pretty good workflow.
I'm extending my first 13 week contract and knew that I wanted to extend by week 4.
Psych is a weird thing because sometimes you just don't know what you don't know, and every unit is different. I think I would have been professionally prepared to travel after 2 years. Know your milieu management, crisis de-escalation, meds and charting and you're golden!