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Zookeeper44 RN


B.A. Psychology, M.Ed. Counseling

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    ACT nurse interview

    May I ask, what lead to your leaving this position and going inpatient? I have considered trying out a position like this (although they very rarely open up in my area). I am currently in the position of deciding whether to go back to psych nursing either inpatient or something like this. Thanks
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    Should I do my "year in med surg"?

    I agree that you do NOT "have" to ever work med/surg. I also do not agree that you will be "locked into" psych if you start there. Hospitals hire new grads to M/S all the time, I don't know why they wouldn't hire you onto a M/S unit at a later time after you have several years' experience in whatever other specialty. In fact, I know personally of one former co-worker who did exactly that (she absolutely despised the M/S, but felt she "had" to do it for herself). I think if you like what you are doing right now, don't worry so much about the future, it will take care of itself.
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    Got Written Up Today...

    Even with that being the rule, you said you opened it while she watched, so I don't get it. Probably because she knew SHE was on camera and had to follow the policy to the letter of the law Congratulations on passing, it's all behind you now
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    BSN but not a nurse

    BSN is a type of college degree, not a license or a title. Once you have a degree conferred by a college/university, it is permanently yours, regardless of what else you do or do not do afterward. If the person with the BSN then passed the NCLEX, they would BE an RN. You can't BE a BSN, you HAVE a BSN. I have an M.Ed., for which I could also take a state board to get my LPC, which I have never done. But I sure do use my M.Ed. in my credentials. Like another poster stated though, the BSN is not as "useable" without actually becoming an RN, as nursing is not as generalizable as my M.Ed. If had a BSN, but was not an RN, I don't believe I would put BSN on my badge.
  5. Hey Zookeeper44 ! You posted a comment on one of my posts a short while back, and offered to have me PM you to talk more about counseling versus nursing. I'm unable to send you a PM because I'm new to this site and haven't posted enough, apparently, to be able to PM you. Are you available to talk a little bit via your wall? Or, maybe you're able to initiate the PM conversation with me? Let me know if either's doable 🙂

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      Zookeeper44, RN

      I sent you a PM

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    Back to Psych I Go!

    Oh honey...you and I both know lots of nurses who think they are so superior to psych nurses...who would run crying like little girls after 30 minutes of actually having to do psych
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    Interview for school nurse coordinator

    Ok...will get back to you on that!
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    Considering psych?

    I was a psych nurse (still consider myself one) and left almost 2 years ago for an RN Supervisor position in Home Care. I hate it...I really regret leaving psych and am trying to get back to it or possibly school nursing. I totally get the unfulfilling part of administrative work, it is ALLLL about numbers and money 24/7 Not my cup of tea. Psych is both frustrating and fulfilling, you will have people you are really able to help and some you can't...but the facility where I was, you had a lot of opportunity to talk to and interact with patients, not like floor nursing. I worked psych for 8+ years, had to help with quite a few takedowns/holds/restraints, gave a lotta PRN's for agitation, but have never been directly attacked. I guess I was good at ducking
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    Leaving cardiac for adolescent psych...?

    That's a lotta kids
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    Leaving cardiac for adolescent psych...?

    I was a psych nurse on an adolescent unit...kind of hoping I can go back to it I agree with and echo what the other posters said. Pros and cons of working nights: Pros...they are teenagers, they will sleep for the most part, and no administration to deal with BUT, the Con...the unit I was on tended to get a lot of admissions at night which is hard if you are the only nurse. It's not "easy" but medically...it is. We had a few diabetics, lice and scabies, wounds from suicide attempts, eating disorders...but mostly they were medically pretty healthy. I say give it a try...you will know pretty quickly that you either absolutely love or hate it.
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    Interview for school nurse coordinator

    My interview is Monday...I guess we'll see what they're looking for. My resume is very straightforward and they can see exactly what experience and education I have, and don't have. I have received very mixed comments here and elsewhere from seasoned school nurses, as to my fitness for the job. I certainly hope they are not going to waste my time on an interview if they don't see things in my resume that seem relevant...I am taking off my current job to do the interview, if nothing else...anyway, thanks for the comments.
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    Should I leave nursing school, even if I just started?

    I have always been very interested in psychology, psychiatry, mental illness, and behavior. Long story short, I went to nursing school straight out of high school, absolutely hated it...didn't finish. But I did fall in love with psych during my psych clinicals and knew that was what I wanted to do in some way, shape, or form. Many years later, I was finally able to complete a psychology degree and a Master's in counseling. THEN I ended up going back and finishing nursing school, for the same reasons you have chosen it...for job security. I still don't love the nursing field in general...the way nurses are often treated, etc. but I have found a good balance between being a nurse and staying in psychology/counseling...psych nursing. I have tried a few other things, but don't enjoy them as much. Love the patients, don't mind the dirty aspects of nursing, but my interest always returns to the psych aspect. I completely relate to the feeling that that is what you feel you are meant to do. Feel free to PM me if you would like. I would definitely encourage you to follow your gut
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    Interview for school nurse coordinator

    I would appreciate any tips for an interview for above-mentioned position. My "specialty" is psych, with strong experience in adolescent psych. Also have experience with developmentally disabled patients, as a former social worker. Most recently I have been an RN supervisor with a home care company (not home health...personal care and homemaking company). I am not even sure if my experience is ideal, but I figure they see some merit in my background to have even scheduled an interview Are there any school nurses out there...who think I might be lacking in the med/surg type skills department, for this position? Or would I just be trained on specific students' needs? Actually as a coordinator, I am not even sure how much hands-on nursing I would expect to be doing
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    Switching from ICU nursing to Psychiatric nursing

    IMO the most important thing you need to learn/receive training for is the safety issues in a psych facility. How to recognize evolving/escalating behaviors and situations and what to do to diffuse them and not get attacked, how to participate in restraining, transporting, and medicating a violent patient. You should receive this training to some extent in your orientation period if you are in a decent facility. Familiarize yourself with the most common diagnoses and pharmacology if you are not already. I had the advantage of having been a mental health counselor before becoming a psych nurse, so I had a leg up on how to interact, interview, etc. but it's not rocket science...if you have a passion for this population, you will learn what works as you go
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    Getting my adolescents back.

    I have worked with all psych populations and I loved (mostly!) the adolescents. Yes, the parents (if there ARE any) are usually as bad as the kids. IMO the adolescent population is more difficult than the adults...I always laughed at nurses who scoffed at how easy the adolescent unit was, and then cried like little babies when they were pulled to the unit