First Psych clinical

  1. was yesterday. We go to a State run facility. All I can say is wow...

    Some of these folks are as wierd as wierd can get...

    Some are kind of normal, and I have found that those are the one close to discharge back into society. They have obviously adjusted well to their med program...but according to the nurses they all come back, revolving door patients. Kind of sad, makes me appreciate my version of normal. :chuckle

    On the other hand, I kept thinking about the movie "One Flew Over the Coocoo's (spelling) Nest" and laughing...:chuckle . Not at them so much as at the way they act and talk...

    gave my kids a big kiss last night... they wear my version of normal well.

    Have a great day, dave
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  3. by   manna
    Psych is so fascinating to me - the human brain and the things it can do are just incomprehensible. I'm looking forward to psych rotations (although I may hate it, for now it seems it'll be an interesting experience).
  4. by   Altra
    I hear ya dave1117 ...

    We spent 4 weeks (1/2 of our pysch clinicals) at a state psych hospital. Definitely makes you appreciate life's blessings.

    For me the most intense was the day I spent at a child/adolescent psych hospital. I drove home through tears, and hugged my daughter really, really tight that night. :stone
  5. by   twinmommy+2
    I'm in my first few weeks of psych too. Thankfully, not at a state run hospital. Its a small ward in a community hospital and on Wensday we only had about 4 pts. They said that normally its about 10 pts so I'm hoping for more to do next week.

    I'v heard some wild tales from others in the class who are going to St. Elizabeths in Washington DC though. Its going to be an interesting semester!
  6. by   kahumai
    We start out psych clinicals in a few weeks, although we're at a (gulp) veterans hospital. :stone From what our teacher tells us, most of it is vets from WWII and Vietnam who have *alot* of issues. Anyone else have any exeriences with the VA hospitals? My class is kinda scared.
  7. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Quote from BSNin05
    We start out psych clinicals in a few weeks, although we're at a (gulp) veterans hospital. :stone From what our teacher tells us, most of it is vets from WWII and Vietnam who have *alot* of issues. Anyone else have any exeriences with the VA hospitals? My class is kinda scared.
    Don't be scared.

    I didn't think the VA inpatient psych unit was as bad as the state run hospitals I've been to (I did some studies through the VA). You'll probably get to interact with folks who are dealing with substance abuse issues in addition to some other diagnosis, such as schizophrenia.

    Remember that those WWII vets are seniors now (late 70s or older), so I'm guessing you're going to see more Alzheimer's in their group.

    You should also get a good grounding in PTSD.
  8. by   twinmommy+2
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Don't be scared.

    I didn't think the VA inpatient psych unit was as bad as the state run hospitals I've been to (I did some studies through the VA). You'll probably get to interact with folks who are dealing with substance abuse issues in addition to some other diagnosis, such as schizophrenia.

    Remember that those WWII vets are seniors now (late 70s or older), so I'm guessing you're going to see more Alzheimer's in their group.

    You should also get a good grounding in PTSD.
    Also alot of the people coming back from Iraq may have problems too, so you may see some your age.
  9. by   crb613
    Quote from dave1117
    was yesterday. We go to a State run facility. All I can say is wow...

    Some of these folks are as wierd as wierd can get...

    Some are kind of normal, and I have found that those are the one close to discharge back into society. They have obviously adjusted well to their med program...but according to the nurses they all come back, revolving door patients. Kind of sad, makes me appreciate my version of normal. :chuckle

    On the other hand, I kept thinking about the movie "One Flew Over the Coocoo's (spelling) Nest" and laughing...:chuckle . Not at them so much as at the way they act and talk...

    gave my kids a big kiss last night... they wear my version of normal well.

    Have a great day, dave
    I am in my 5th wk of psych clinicals & I love it!! There is nothing to be afraid of, I too am at a state hosp. I think it is so very interesting & also sad. Many of these people have suffered so much pain in their lives it's no wonder they are so sick. We had to wear headphones as a part of our training & listen to "voices" so we would know what it is like & try to carry on conversations as well as do our paperwork & other tasks. I can tell you after 20 mins. of the "voices" I was mentally drained & I cannot imagine how awful it would to not be able to turn them off. If you get the chance to do this you will see what I am talking about. Good Luck to everyone
  10. by   kahumai
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Don't be scared.

    I didn't think the VA inpatient psych unit was as bad as the state run hospitals I've been to (I did some studies through the VA). You'll probably get to interact with folks who are dealing with substance abuse issues in addition to some other diagnosis, such as schizophrenia.

    Remember that those WWII vets are seniors now (late 70s or older), so I'm guessing you're going to see more Alzheimer's in their group.

    You should also get a good grounding in PTSD.
    Yes - we were told about a huge population of substance abuse, but that is not uncommon from what we've already seen on the regular cardiac/renal floors we've been on in the past and what we're on right now. I still can't help but wish, though, that the population was more generalized and varied, because I think that I may be able to better help someone more my own age (i.e. a young adult female with anorexia, teenager with depression, etc.) But, I'm sure it will be interesting either way!
  11. by   abundantjoy07
    Interesting reading all these posts. My last psyc clinical is going to be Monday and Tuesday at the Psychiatric Center here in town. All of the other psyc clinical sites were fine...but I've heard terrible stories in class and I must admit after looking up some info, I'm not too excited about going there myself.
  12. by   kahumai
    Quote from crb613
    We had to wear headphones as a part of our training & listen to "voices" so we would know what it is like & try to carry on conversations as well as do our paperwork & other tasks. I can tell you after 20 mins. of the "voices" I was mentally drained & I cannot imagine how awful it would to not be able to turn them off. If you get the chance to do this you will see what I am talking about. Good Luck to everyone
    Wow! I've never heard of anything like that, but it does sound like something I would be interesting in experiencing. I guess I never really stopped to think about what that person would experience if they had voices. Makes me appreciate my (big quotes here) "normalness" even more!

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