As a psychology major you may be unaware of how well your academic background and interest in human behavior have set you up for success in the nursing field. The nursing profession provides job security and a chance to make a positive difference in people’s lives. In this section (maintained by Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN) we explain why psychology majors make great nurses and how to transition into the nursing field.

Why Psychology Majors Should Consider Nursing

The employment outlook for registered nurses is still good, despite the economic downturn, and the knowledge and experience that psych majors have can be easily translated into nursing skills.

The Path To Nursing for Psychology Majors

Interested in pursuing a career in nursing? There are a few different paths that can lead to a nursing career. The best path for you depends on the type of education you've already completed.

What It's Like to be a Nurse

Working in a hospital is not "easy money". The physical demands of nursing can be significant. In a 12-hour shift, you’ll do a lot of bending, stretching, pushing, pulling, and lifting.

Nursing Degrees, Licenses and Certifications

When it comes to the world of nursing, the letters that follow your name can represent your academic degree, type of license, type of certification, or a combination of these.

Choosing Nursing for the Right Reasons

Nurses should truly care about bringing comfort and dignity to the ill. But it goes beyond this. There is also the clinical side of nursing...

Debunking the Myths of Psych Nursing

There are many misconceptions about psych nurses. Read why there is stigma attached to the field of psych nursing, any why much of it is simply not true.

How to Thrive as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse

Learn what qualities experienced PMH nurses say are the most important to embody, and how embracing these qualities will lead to less stress and greater reward in the workplace.

Avoid Burnout as a Psych Nurse

Because of the unique demands of PMH nursing, it is important for any nurse in the field to understand the steps she/he can take to make each day a positive experience.

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Nursing Interviews

We've recruited practicing nurses willing to share their personal experience working as a nurse. Click on an interview below to start learning from their experience.

Nursing Interview: Meet a Maternity Nurse

Heather works as a maternity nurse and enjoys educating new parents in caring for themselves and their baby.

Nursing Interview: Working as an Adult Nurse Practitioner

Melissa is a certified adult nurse practitioner. She enjoys helping patients implement healthy changes in their lives.

Nursing Interview: The Role of a Psych Nurse at a Major Hospital

Angie Best-Boss provides a closer look into her day-to-day roles as a psych nurse at one of Indiana’s largest hospitals.

Nursing Interview: How to Flourish as a Psych Nurse

Donna Luongo gives a personal account of the biggest challenges facing a psych nurse.

Nursing Interview: What to Expect as a Psych Nurse

Staci Priano gives an account of the daily life of a psych nurse and lends plenty of personal advice to anyone thinking about psych nursing.