Psych nurse looking for a change

  1. Okay, so like my title says, I've beem having some concerns about my journey as a nurse. A little about me...I have my BSN and my bachelors in psych. I also worked briefly in a local LTAC, but didn't like working in their most critical zone because RN was behind my name. I also worked a little bit in organ transplants, but left cause some of the leaders on my rotation....weren't so great. At times I miss it, especially after working a hot mess of an eating disorders floor, but am wondering if I want to continue working psych. I don't like the ratios and unsafe working environment, but most of my career has been psych so I don't where I would even go from here. Do I push on with psych or explore the other many options out there??? Sorry but I've beem struggling and really wanted an outlet.
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    About Morgan0819

    Joined: Jul '18; Posts: 6; Likes: 2
    from LA , US


  3. by   Sour Lemon
    That's a little bit about what you don't like, but nothing about what you do like.
  4. by   Morgan0819
    I really liked psych, I mean it's my other degree, but some of the facilities I've worked at has made me....disillusioned? I just haven't enjoyed it like I once did. I just never thought I would have doubts about psych. I thought of SANE nursing before. Doing transplants though also taught me a lot about the
    Kidneys that was actually neat as well.
  5. by   Jedrnurse
    Have you considered dialysis nursing? There's a fair amount of psycho-social care woven into that type of practice as well as the obvious medical component...
  6. by   TriciaJ
    I worked psych for 15 years and wondered if I'd boxed myself in. From there I went to corrections and did just fine. A lot of overlapping behaviours and it really requires someone who is astute.
  7. by   not.done.yet
    I am wondering if you have considered getting an advanced practice degree in psych? You can work in a clinic setting. In many areas of the country there is great demand and the pay looks pretty good from where I am sitting.
  8. by   Morgan0819
    @jedrnurse I've thought of dialysis. I grew to really enjoy kidneys and their function when I did transplants. I just wonder if theirs a floor that would take a chance on me.
  9. by   Morgan0819
    @not.done.yet I've thought of it, but I can't seem decide if I want to go back for education or advance practice. I think I would make a better teacher than NP.
  10. by   FolksBtrippin
    Have you worked in community psych as an act nurse or in partial care? I really prefer it to being inpatient.

    The worst patient I ever had was an adolescent with very severe bulimia. Eating disorders are very distressing in my opinion. You may need a break from that.