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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heather works as a maternity nurse and enjoys educating new parents in caring for themselves and their baby.
Melissa is a certified adult nurse practitioner. She enjoys helping patients implement healthy changes in their lives.
Angie Best-Boss provides a closer look into her day-to-day roles as a psych nurse at one of Indiana’s largest hospitals.
Donna Luongo gives a personal account of the biggest challenges facing 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.
Nursing Career Articles
Learn about the nursing specialties and what it's like to work as a nurse.
- Career Opportunities for Nurses
- Home Health Nursing
- How to Become a CRNA
- Certified Nurse Assistant
- Critical Care CNS
- Medical Surgical CNS
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Specialties
- Pediatric Psychiatric Nursing
- Geriatric Psychiatric Nursing
- Forensic Psychiatric Nursing
- Psychiatric Nurse Manager
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Outpatient Psychiatric Nursing
- Assertive Community Treatment Nursing
- Psychiatric Nursing Emergency Room
- Psychiatric Nursing for Substance Abuse
- Psychiatric Nursing for Eating Disorders