Hi guys. My name is Linda, I'm an 18 year old high school senior from Maryland. I've known for a few years now that I want to pursue nursing..most likely I'll be getting my associates at community college, then get my BA later if I want or need to...it's the most sensible thing to do
I want to work either in NICU, or psych nursing. Between the two, I'm more interested in psych. But my mom (and a few other people) have been telling me I should stick to NICU, because they're concerned about my safety and all, with psych. My mom is mainly focusing on worst-case scenarios...she told me about a RN who was killed 10 years ago by a pt, at Sheppard Pratt here in MD.
But if I do psych, I'd like to work with kids/teens if I have the chance. So just because of that, the security wouldn't be as much of an issue?...it's not like I'd be working with full grown men & women.
I know there are risks with psych nursing, but could anyone give me some advice...like what to tell my mom to reassure her about it?
I've already told her that I would get security/takedown training, but she's still concerned and trying to talk me out of it. I even mentioned that depending on the facility, there's additional security staff, not just the nurses...but nothing seems to change her mind :/
Although, I can see why she is concerned..I'm pretty small. About 5'0 & 90 lbs...
Oh, my cousin also said that because of my size, and just the fact that I'm a woman, I would most likely not be involved in physical situations unless absolutely necessary....is she right about that?
She has a masters in psych, and is in law school now...and worked at Sheppard Pratt a few years ago.
But yeah....any advice to reassure my mom would be great...she's really trying to talk me out of psych nursing.