Any NY Psych Nurses?

  1. Hello there. I am planning on going into AmeriCorps in late summer months from out in Oregon over to the busy,rough and tough NY. Really excited about it, to say the least!

    Couple of questions:

    1- I'm a Certified Nursing Assistant here in Oregon working in Psych as a Tech. How hard would it be to find a job in NY in Psych as a tech? Would I need to transfer over my CNA to NY? Does NY even hire people without degrees in Psychology for tech jobs? I just want a part time job that will allow me to supplement my free time.

    2- Is NY really that rough and tough? I've had people tell me I wouldn't be able to make it for a year over in NY so it has be slightly discouraged but still intent on coming there.

    Thanks a lot!!
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  3. by   SBUalum03
    Well, first let me say NYC is in a class by itself. I personally don't think it's that rough and tough. Actually I love NYC, whenever I go on vacation I can't wait to get back home (There's no place like home ). Your a little bit younger than me, so coming here on your own will be kinda rough for you.

    Do you have friends/family here? Where will you stay?

    Words of advice:
    Secure a job before you move here.

    Be prepared to look for a roommate, or two, or three because the rent is sky high in Manhattan, reasonable in parts of Brooklyn, Queens, & Staten Island.

    If you have a car, don't think about moving to Manhattan, finding parking is tedious and parking in a lot is expensive. Hell, just sell the car and ride the train with me .

    I'm here if you have any more questions.
  4. by   loriann
    Hi There:

    Sorry I can't answer your first question for you, but I'm wondering what people mean by NYC being a "rough and tough place." I've visited Oregon and other parts of the West and Pacific Northwest and the major difference I see is that New Yorkers tend to move at a fast pace, which was different from your part of the country (not to say others are slow, I just think the expectations are different). Anyways, I love New York, would never think of leaving and love the opportunities here. The downside, of course, are the costs, but a willingness to live in the other boroughs can make a difference. Good luck!!

  5. by   anonny27
    wouldn't want to offend anyone
    Last edit by anonny27 on Feb 6, '05 : Reason: hmmm
  6. by   PRNMEDS
    Not sure if you will find it rough and tough. There are a number of jobs at hospitals available I am sure. Depending on hospital is what determines what qualifications are needed. How much per hour you are looking for will probably greatly effect your job opportunities.

    I work as an RN at small Psych hospital in suburbs of NYC that is almost all children and adolescents. We provide our own training and only require a HS diploma or equivalent for our MHAs (Mental Health Assistants). Also a number of RTC and RTF (Residential Treament Centers and Facilities) also deal with adolescent psych patients and have similar requirements.

    Good luck with your search and feel free to PM if you are interested in working just outside of the city.