I am a new graduate, just began working at a Residential treatment center that provides services for substance abuse and eating disorder along with dual diagnosis mental health. I have been hired on as the Full time eating disorder nurse - I have filled in on the chemical Dependency side as well.
I am very young (21) this is my first nursing job. I have always been interested in mental health so I am satisfied with my choice however I do question whether or not its the right thing. I don't always feel like I know what I should know as far as basics, meaning what I would have learned starting off on med surg floor.
I think i do all right. Today I noticed that I struggle with consoling a saddened patient. I am sort of at a loss on how to educate myself on how to handle such situations. I know sometimes best thing to do is listen, and not talk. I just did not feel helpful to the patient today when sh was very upset witih her parents.
Another thing is I have a group of moody tweenys. (pt in their twenties) Theyre kind ofboring, they dont want to interact or do anything ... makesz it difficult for me when I try to engage them in activ ities or conversation and they just coldy respond, if they repsond at all.
i suppose I am venting, hoping someone out there understands or can advise me
Thanks for your time!