Psych nursing and Psych NP's

Specialties Psychiatric


I just wanted to get some insight from some experienced nurses in the is field. The good vs. bad? Would you recommend this specialty to someone else? What would you tell a new nurse just starting in this field? Any info. you can give will be most appreciated. Thank You. :kiss


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Down side -- patients are much sicker when they come in these days and we don't keep them as long. There's not much for them in the community, either,

Up side -- it's interesting and mentally challenging, never boring. It's VERY RARE to have a patient die (the exception is geropsych).

For a new nurse -- One thing to remember is that your patients are much more likely to be scared than they are likely to be scary!

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