dcsimg

Career Story: Psychiatric Nurse At A Community Hospital

Psychiatric Nurse At A Community Hospital

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse

Type of Company: I work in a local community hospital.

Education: BS, Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA)

Previous Experience: I have been a staff nurse at an in-patient psychiatric clinic, the administrative coordinator for a psychiatric unit and a per diem RN at a hospital's in-patient psych. unit.

Job Tasks: I work in an in-patient psychiatric unit as a Registered Nurse with patients who are 16 years old and older. I help them with problems such as major depression, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse. Nurses on my unit are responsible for teaching patients about their illnesses and their medications and managing their day-to-day needs. Nursing staff also assist with group meetings which help patients manage their illnesses and prepare for the outside world. The meetings are also meant to provide them with tools to help them succeed in life. Many of our patients struggle with both mental and physical problems: diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, to name a few.

Psychiatric nursing really provides an opportunity for using a multitude of nursing skills, and here it is not only important to manage the patients' physical needs but also provide for their mental well-being. Working in a community hospital gives you a chance to see the impact you have on the world outside your door.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The most wonderful part of being a psychiatric nurse has been the great opportunities I have been given to teach. Every patient comes in with different needs. Helping people and seeing the light come on for them and the hope to return in their eyes is great! What I struggle with is the trouble society seems to have according mental illness and addiction the same respect and dignity as cancer or diabetes.

Job Tips: It's important to explore all opportunities in nursing before deciding on which area you ultimately would like to work. The wonderful thing is that part of your education includes internships which provide you with the chance to see what it's like to work in that area, whether it be labor and delivery, general surgical or out-patient. There are also different degrees available. You can get an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. You also can explore a full-time or part-time program.

Additional Thoughts: I think nursing is a great opportunity for many people. It is an occupation which can have you at the bedside or at the doctor's office. It also offers the chance to go forward with your education if you so desire. It also offers flexible work schedules.

Popular Schools offering Rn Registered Nursing Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

  • Programs: Healthcare Administration (MBA), Nursing (RN to BSN), RN to Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (RN-MSN), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Certificate
Nursing@USC
Online

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing for Aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Degrees: Master

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: Executive Master of Health Administration
  • Degrees: Master

The University of North Florida is a nationally ranked university that offers a well-rounded education to students determined to make their mark and change the lives of others as well as their own.

  • Programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice, RN to BSN
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Bachelor

About University of North Carolina Wilmington

 

To meet today’s high demand for nursing professionals UNCW is offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program completely online.

  • Programs: MSN Nurse Educator
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

  • Programs: Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

About The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Programs: Professional Nursing Pathways Program, Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Registered Nurses

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Registered Nurses, including:

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104