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Straight Into Mental Health Nursing?

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Hi there 🙂 I'm wondering if anyone here has gone straight into mental health nursing?? 

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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Yes, a lot of people have. It's what I wanted to do, but the places I applied to wanted med/surg experience first.

Years down the road, I'm SO glad for the medical/surgical experience. It's made me versatile, and it's kept a lot of doors open. They're not doors I want to walk through, but it's nice to have options.

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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My first hospital job was as a psych LPN back in '84 and as you can see from my experience, I was able to work in various other areas of nursing as well, slove.

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Good to know. I'm currently in the process of completing an accelerated BSN program, and have always been drawn to this specialty. Originally, I have a bachelors in psych. I'm considering applying for a mental health associates' position while finishing up my degree to see if it's something I truly would want, considering I won't have the opportunity to complete my mental health clinical rotation in an actual facility...thoughts? 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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16 minutes ago, slove2718 said:

Good to know. I'm currently in the process of completing an accelerated BSN program, and have always been drawn to this specialty. Originally, I have a bachelors in psych. I'm considering applying for a mental health associates' position while finishing up my degree to see if it's something I truly would want, considering I won't have the opportunity to complete my mental health clinical rotation in an actual facility...thoughts? 

An MHW/MHA job could lead you straight into a nursing job if they like you. It's good plan, if that's what you really want.

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I have been an LPN psych nurse working at an outpatient facility for the same company for 20 yrs. I love my job but unfortunately, if anything financial happens to the facility I work in I am screwed. I have no practical skills and find for some unknown reason employers only want RNS for nurses in the psych field. I think RNS are overrated in this field because where I currently work the RN does the exact same thing I do. and there is no distinction in our day to day tasks.

I find myself becoming very resentful that in psych all requirements are becoming RN with a bachelor's degree.  I am 58 yrs old and not likely to go back to school to become a RN at this stage of my life. I would love to know what makes an RN so much more special than an LPN in the psych field especially in an outpatient setting. It is not like you do trachs, vents, IVs or procedures except injections which allLPNs can do.

I hope you continue on your path because working in mental health is very rewarding and I absolutely love my clients and my job. You have to have a thick skin though because they are not always pleasant and cooperative and I have had to encourage some of them to leave without giving them their injections. I find if they are paranoid and think I am injecting them with poison it is much better to tell them it is okay to leave and that I will get them a new vial and they can come back later. It empowers them builds trust and they have always come back within a day or two to get the injection.

Good Luck  Slove I wish you all the best.

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