Quote from Nimrodel
So I'm a nursing student and we are halfway through our mental health clinical rotation. I am finding it completely boring, and so are many of my classmates. It seems as though the nurses only chart, pass meds, and call the physician, with extraordinarily little patient time. I'm SUPER disappointed by this! Psych has been the thing I've most looked forward to my entire time since deciding I wanted to be a nurse, and it was what I most pictured myself doing when I graduate. I've even accepted a position as a tech at a psychiatric hospital. But psych nursing at the hospital I'm doing clinical at seems insanely boring and I think I'd be bored to tears. So far I've been on both the adult and adult ICU units.
So, I'd like to ask those of you who have experience in the field: what do psych nurses do at your facility? Is it typically "boring"? How much patient interaction do you have on a typical day?
I'm not trying to offend anyone, and I know that psych nursing is not easy work. I'm not trying to make it out to be a lesser profession; as previously stated, I've spent several years wanting to do it when I graduate. But now I'm questioning those plans and would like to get a sense of what people's experiences are so I can refine my sense of what I'd like to do once I graduate.
I work on an adult inpatient psych unit currently (1 year), worked at an child/adolescent psych hospital (1 year) and worked adult med-surg (3 years)
Psych nursing can be so boring!! You don't spend much time with the patients. The milieu therapists who are out in the unit with them spend their entire shift with them. It's true that we give meds and chart mostly. Yes, you assess but it is not what is drilled into our heads in school and what is experienced on med-surg.
I tell all new grads to work med-surg first then go and do whatever. I didn't like med-surg that much in clinicals and didn't really like it while I was doing it as a job as it is so brutal- 95% harder than my psych job. I knew that it would look good on my resume and I really wanted to use the skills I learned! Med-surg is what nursing programs
focus on and where all of our skill labs skills are used constantly- NG's, Foleys, IVs,trachs, feeding tubes, chest tubes etc.
There are now nursing programs that don't even have psych clinicals, the content is taught and SNs are tested but I guess that clinical time goes to something having to do with med-surg.