I don't know if it really matters, because management varies so much with what they do. When I graduated, 15 years ago, I worked for a private psyc. hospital, not state or local. I had complete responsibility for 7 or 8 patients.
We had a med nurse, an LPN, who was the end all and be all and taught me everything. As an Rn I was responsible for the plan of care, taking off orders and chart checking at night. (worked 3-11). During that time I had to build rapport with my patients, enact my plan of care, discuss progress with councelors, the med nurse, do my own assessments and take part of the Q15 minute checks as assigned.
What happens is you end up doing more paper work, more CYA and less interaction as your shift progresses. Less time to teach about meds, compliance, side effects.... someone shows their butt and your whole shift is thrown off due to a take down or intervention and everyone else suffers.
Only you can know, if this is a short term issue (and ask management about that), or if this is an EXPECTATION. If you can't connect, can't teach, can't make a difference, only chart.... you know where you stand.
From there, only you can decide if this is something you can live with as a career. Speak to management, don't listen to the grape vine and determine where the stance is on patient care. You'll know what to do from there.
Psyc, is a very, very sad place to be again lately with all the cut-backs. I left it 14 years ago because I wanted ICU, but still love my psyc. patients. It never leaves you, but if you choose to leave, you maybe can better serve them in a different role if that is your love of nursing. We need more like you. Choose wisely for you personally. You can't make a difference burnt out and hating where you are. HUGS