I just started orientstion for my very first psych nurse job after 23 years in pediatrics.
I haven't even hit the hall yet and can already tell what a big difference it is. I almost feel like a new grad again.
The training team has an average of 20-40 years in psych and the stories they tell!
Plus all the mental health alphabet soup is something i will definitely need to learn quickly.
It amazes me thst you even have to be so much different in your awareness in your surroundings. You can see it how these veteran nurses and techs hold themselves.
But on the other hand, they are also the funniest, most kind, empathetic people you could run into, with a strong line of don't BS me running through their veins.
And I think what really made me realize I was in a new world was that in 2 days I heard three all hands on deck, one being all males please respond Code Greens and was told about the occasional 4:1 which really throws off staffing.
So, my hats off to those of you that have been on this ride for years, and looking forward to being a member of the group.