Psych nurse looking for a change


Okay, so like my title says, I've beem having some concerns about my journey as a nurse. A little about me...I have my BSN and my bachelors in psych. I also worked briefly in a local LTAC, but didn't like working in their most critical zone because RN was behind my name. I also worked a little bit in organ transplants, but left cause some of the leaders on my rotation....weren't so great. At times I miss it, especially after working a hot mess of an eating disorders floor, but am wondering if I want to continue working psych. I don't like the ratios and unsafe working environment, but most of my career has been psych so I don't where I would even go from here. Do I push on with psych or explore the other many options out there??? Sorry but I've beem struggling and really wanted an outlet.

Sour Lemon

5,016 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

That's a little bit about what you don't like, but nothing about what you do like.


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I really liked psych, I mean it's my other degree, but some of the facilities I've worked at has made me....disillusioned? I just haven't enjoyed it like I once did. I just never thought I would have doubts about psych. I thought of SANE nursing before. Doing transplants though also taught me a lot about the

Kidneys that was actually neat as well.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

2,776 Posts

Specializes in school nurse. Has 31 years experience.

Have you considered dialysis nursing? There's a fair amount of psycho-social care woven into that type of practice as well as the obvious medical component...

TriciaJ, RN

4,296 Posts

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 42 years experience.

I worked psych for 15 years and wondered if I'd boxed myself in. From there I went to corrections and did just fine. A lot of overlapping behaviours and it really requires someone who is astute.

allnurses Guide

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

2 Articles; 6,840 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 12 years experience.

I am wondering if you have considered getting an advanced practice degree in psych? You can work in a clinic setting. In many areas of the country there is great demand and the pay looks pretty good from where I am sitting.


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@jedrnurse I've thought of dialysis. I grew to really enjoy kidneys and their function when I did transplants. I just wonder if theirs a floor that would take a chance on me.


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@not.done.yet I've thought of it, but I can't seem decide if I want to go back for education or advance practice. I think I would make a better teacher than NP.

Specializes in Psychiatry, Community, Nurse Manager, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

Have you worked in community psych as an act nurse or in partial care? I really prefer it to being inpatient.

The worst patient I ever had was an adolescent with very severe bulimia. Eating disorders are very distressing in my opinion. You may need a break from that.