New psych nurse here, any advice welcome!!

  1. Hi everybody.
    I started a new job two weeks ago as a floor nurse in an inpatient geriatric psych unit after working as a DON in LTC for a year and a half. Prior to that I worked as a charge nurse in a LTC facility for 6 years. I have extensive experience in dementia disorders, and a little experience with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. I love psychiatry, and I love being a nurse. I did not like being a manager (DON).

    I am slowly adjusting to the charting and the organization of the unit. I know I made the right decision switching jobs and I want to be the best nurse I can be.

    So, is there any advice out there that anyone can give to me to help me make my transition? I know I am still extremely "task oriented" and I am more used to medical problems. I feel like I am under a microscope right now in my training days, and I want to make sure I am doing the best I can without the past nursing experiences clouding my vision.

    God bless.

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  3. by   Thunderwolf
    Please review our threads here in this forum as a start. You can also do a search for topics (see top of page).
    Any particular topic, make a post. The more specific the better.
    Get a DSM to review.
    May wish to take some coorespondence courses for CEUs.
    There is much info at your fingertips.

    Welcome and congrats on your new position.

    Like you, I would much rather be a clinician than a manager any day.