Whispera and Gnursjr2......I greatly appreciate your insight and comments. Whispera,you've kind of confirmed and supported what I've been thinking.
I should add a couple of things. First, my ER has an incredibly high number of very acute (mostly suicidal) psych patients passing through it. For the first 4 months I was in the ER, I worked the psych hall about a third of my shifts, because I liked it so much and because most of my ER colleagues don't like it. For the last month, since I've decided to move into psych nursing, I've worked the psych hall exclusively while I'm on duty in the ER. So I do have *some* experience working with psych patients in a highly acute crisis....but still, it's not the same as working on a psych unit, and I realize that. In addition, the unit I've been offered the charge nurse position on would be a 22-bed intermediate/geriatric psych unit....acuity's not quite as high. It doesn't mean it would necessarily be any easier (in fact, in some ways it could be just as difficult), but it may be a little more stable in terms of what goes down. If I decided not to take the charge nurse position and instead went to the acute adult unit, it would be on the same floor....just another part of the floor.
I'm due to go back to the unit on Tuesday and meet with the clinical director and nurse manager of the unit, as well as with some of the charge nurses for both the intermediate and adult sides. I'm not ruling anything out, but at this point it's hard for me to envision stepping into this role right now. For one thing, after 7 months in the ER as a new nurse, I could NEVER, EVER envision or being anywhere near ready to step into a charge nurse role. There's just so much clinical knowledge needed, and I have maybe 25-30% of that knowledge, at most. How, I think to myself, could it really be any different, despite being in a psych setting?
The only thing left to add is that the clinical director and the nurse manager of the psych unit at this hospital are both new to their roles. They both are extremely well regarded within my company, and I immediately clicked with them when I met them last week. I trust their judgment. I still have a lot of doubts about whether a charge nurse role is right for me at this time. I'll let you all know how it shakes out in the next week.
Thanks again for your input and insight. So appreciated!
almost entirely now, I work the psych hall in our ER because I like it so much and because (now) I'm moving into psych and I want the experien