This! I've worked psych since becoming a nurse 3 years ago. Enter a manager that made Cruella DeVille look like an angel and I left a job I loved. I decided to try med/surg because I got tired of hearing "psych nurses aren't really nurses," we literally had a nurse from the ED ask, when giving report on a patient, "This person is a diabetic and needs blood sugars, there's someone there that knows how to do that, right?" But I digress, med/surg is a nightmare, at least where I worked. 1 day on the floor, 1 day of computer system/charting training and the next day it was "here's your 7 patients, you're on your own today." What????? I have handled a whole floor of psych pts with no other nurse on the floor for a whole 12 hour shift and had no issues, however, I knew the computer charting system. I lasted 3 weeks on that med/surg floor and walked. I've now obtained another job in psych and I intend to stay in psych!
It's all included in this little rant, horrible, lazy untrained preceptors, bullying, unrealistic orientation, horrible nurse managers. The reasons nurses leave are many and varied, and I've experienced most of them