New grad hired in psych

  1. I wanted to post this here somewhere, I'm just too happy.

    I'm a new-grad RN, got my license in July 2011.

    I was having, as almost all new grads, a very tough time getting a job. Lots of interviews, but just as many rejections. Well, one day I got offered a job in a psychiatric hospital -- nailed the interview and I start in a couple weeks!

    I'm really looking forward to it, as psych was always the most interesting part of nursing school for me.

    The place I'm going to be working at is no joke either, it's almost all involuntary patients -- so I'm really looking forward to the challenge of dealing with patients who very much do not want to be there, but need the help very badly. It's exactly the kind of work that in my head feels rewarding.
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  3. by   Hygiene Queen
    Very nice!
    I, too, am a new grad working in Psych.
    I think it's fascinating.
    Good luck and congrats!!
    Last edit by Hygiene Queen on Nov 2, '11
  4. by   turnforthenurse
    Good luck and congratulations!
  5. by   Meriwhen
    Welcome to the dark side, new grads. We have cookies

    I also started in psych as a new grad a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. The textbooks don't really prepare you for how broad and deep the world of psych nursing is. Enjoy and good luck!
  6. by   linsmirn
    New grad, psych nurse starting in a week, super excited. Psych is also where I wanted to be, all my friends dont get it because all of them are either med-surg or tele and one ER. I majored in psychology before I became a nurse and its the area I always wanted to work in. Cant wait.
  7. by   mangopeach
    Congrats!!! I graduate next May and want to do Psych as well. Good luck to all you new grads!
  8. by   amaterasu912
    Congrats! I'm a new grad too, and I have an interview at a behavioral health hospital next week, keeping my fingers crossed
  9. by   MrChicagoRN
    to you all for your enthusiasm
  10. by   laalaa99
    I am doing my psych rotation now in school. I am interested in this field but perhaps in a pedi unit. What is the starting pay for these nurses?
  11. by   MrChicagoRN
    A Staff psych nurse will receive the same pay and benefits as any other staff nurse in the same institution.

    If it's a free standing behavioral health setting, comps and benefits should be competitive to the area.
  12. by   dani_robar
    Congratulations!! I just found out that I got a job on a behavioral health unit. I'm a new nurse too. I'm so excited!
  13. by   MeagRNBSN
    Congrats! I'm a new grad also (May 2011) and have been working in a medicine ICU since June. Figured out it's not for me and am starting a new job in adult psych in 2 weeks. I am so excited!!
  14. by   Rnfred
    Hi, I too started out as a new grad in an inpatient psych. Hospital right down the street from where I lived. I actually hated the "regular floor nursing" in school and I found my specialty! They hired me right then and there, I didn't even have my license yet just my interim permit...but now, oh about 25 years later I am still in psychiatric nursing working as an RN in a Partial Psychiatric Program and I absolutely love it! I have done every type of psych nursing there is and now approaching 50, I would be ever so willing to give new grads or anyone else in this wonderful field some advice, inside tips, etc..believe me I have seen it all! Congratulations to all who choose this highly needed specialty in nursing, which is often misunderstood by others, and seems to be so separated from "regular nursing" so to speak. Stick with it, you will know if it is for you or not right away, and again, thank you for choosing this challenging field!