Quote from kato44
I have recently begun thinking about switching my career to nursing, specifically psychiatric nursing. I have been a high school teacher for 6 years and the part I really enjoy about my job is working with young people and just helping people in general with their problems. I sort of "fell into" teaching. I love many aspects of mediciine but again, enjoy helping people. My aunt who is an RN suggested Pscyh. Nursing as a future career. What sort of options are out there in terms of this specialty (treatment centers, etc) and about how long is a program? Do you just attend school geared towards an RN with a specialty?
What exactly do you do in some of these fields?
I'ts always nice to hear from a potential psych nurse!
In order to become a psych nurse-or any other type of nurse for that matter-you must first go to school and pass your state boards to become a RN. Because you already have a degree, you will be able to find a school which has a fast track program to a BSN. There are many out there, including on-line programs. The schools will evaluate your existing degree and then set up a program to complete your nursing requirements. Diploma schools and associate degree programs also provide education to become an RN.
As far as specializing; on an undergrad level you would not pick a specialty and focus on that. The undergrad programs present all areas of nursing. Once you graduate and are pursuing a career, you can then apply for jobs in whatever area of nursing you choose. There are many options in psych, including brief stay inpatient facilities, long term, home care, clinics, adolescent and youth, substance abuse and forensics.
I've worked psych for a long time, worked other areas too, but somehow always wander back to my true love in nursing. Good luck to you, hope this helps to get you started