Quote from Dpi8310
Im a new graduate and i'm going to apply for a new graduate training program for psych nursing at a local hospital. I have been to an inpatient psychiatric hospital for just a couple of days during clinical, but i have also been an inpatient there too about 2 years ago(for depression) and it was a good experience from my patient point of view. My question is whether or not to bring that up in the interview. I think it could work either way; i can identify with the patients on a personal level but that may also make them think i'm unstable.
No no no no no no NO.
Do NOT bring up your psychiatric history during the interview (or since this thread is a bit old, I hope that you didn't bring it up). It doesn't give you any advantage...if anything, they're more apt to see it as a liability. They're going to wonder if you'll spend more time trying to meet your own psych needs instead of taking care of the patients. And when you have a bad day or something goes wrong, guess what TPTB are going to think?
If you were a patient there, odds are that some staff member might remember who you are. But if they don't remember you, why remind them?
Also,it doesn't mean you'll ace psych nursing because you have a psych history. You may be able to identify with some aspects and build a rapport with patients because of your personal experience, but patients are just as likely to use that information against you as a weapon (you'd be surprised how good patients with Axis II disorders are at doing just that).
Hope the interview went well!