Exactly. Look, I'm not going to sit here at my keyboard and tell anyone what's ultimately right for them. I just think taking some pause is necessary. I don't think it helps the OP to have people that are still in school telling her that psych nursing is full of tangible and satisfying results. Yes, it can be like that some of the time. But it is often back breakingly and soul crushingly hard with little result to show for it. And, yes, although relatively rare, it can be dangerous.
You will see patients stabilize and walk off the unit with support systems in place. You will also discharge homeless patients to room and board knowing they'll be down at the river in a few months. You will see the same patients with bipolar and BPD admitted over and over again. You will deal with "providers" that barely know their patients and prescribe meds off-label like they're candy.
Yes, it's hard. Yes, you will get the chance to go home at the end of the day feeling like you did some good.
Hppy, thank you for being so candid about both the good and the bad.