Unfortuantely, it is just that. There is not a lot of experience in psych. Let me rephrase, there is tons of experience, just not in acute medical emergency. Ive been in psych a year, it's my 1st job. I would go to med-surg or any of department and aside from understanding orders, delegation, time management, I would be like a brand new nurse. I know the basic wound care, vital signs, our nursing assessment
is even different. I have only had to listen to breath sounds or heart sounds 3 times in a year. Never drew blood, started an IV, dealt with an IV, did anything other than basic wound care. It would be very difficult to go to any acute specialty with no other experience.