Thank you for this thread! I am just going into nursing school, but what motivated me in the first place to make the jump into nursing as a second career, is mental health. I believe whole heartedly that mental health is becoming a topic people are willing to take on, and ease out of the stigma. So many people suffer from mental illness and go undiagnosed. Thank you for posting. I felt very down, because I see a lot of threads stating something to the effect of psych being the "kiss of death" for a career. I am just going into nursing school, and I contacted human resources at this amazing hospital, and I felt like she was telling me "you know not what you ask for, young jedi". I also wished to get some experience at an in-patient psych unit working there, as a mental health aide or unit clerk.
All I asked was for some advice and she just pushed me off stating, try to get an externship through one of your nursing instructors.
They make psych out to be the toughest job to break into, because you need the psych experience, but who will take a chance in training?
I am invested, I want to go for PMHNP, but it seems breaking into the profession is hard for a new grad.
well again thank you, positivity was needed, and your post helped alot.