i just finished up my psych rotation and will officially graduate in 3 quarters! i'm too darn excited for my own good.
i had my evaluation for my psych rotation from 2 different instructors. one of which was the acute care unit (4 long days) and the other was one day in a long term facility for psychiatric patients.
the acute care evaulation was great. no problems that i needed to work on. for the long-term facility, the instructor said "dani was too loud." :selfbonk:
guys, i am so embarrassed and ashamed. when thinking back to that rotation, i think i was probably too loud; we were told that we had to make the most of the clinical to gain something from it. the "clients" and i were playing cards-- having a good time. maybe too good of a time!
after consulting with a few of my friends, they told me it was just part of my personality. my husband said that he's just used to it.
have you guys ever had to deal with this? i know it could have been worse, but i feel like such a loud loser now. i now know i need to change my behavior-- but it is part of my personality. i like being able to go into a clients room and make them smile.
ah well. it's something i can work on. but i kind-of liked being the person who i am.
Perhaps it will help you to remind yourself that the needs of the patients are what matter most -- not the expression of your natural personality traits. Sometimes, loud is good for the patient. Sometimes, loud is not good. You should be cultivating a variety of ways of interacting with patients so that you have more than 1 option to choose from.
No one is saying that you need to change who you are as a person -- just that you recognize when loud is not in the best interest of the patient and tone it down at those times.
It would be unwise to ignore the feedback you are getting. If it is that noticable, both you and your patients would probably benefit by having you learn a few more interaction strategies.
Last edit by llg on Aug 5, '07
It feels like it sucks that they put that on your eval...and I don't think you should change who you are, but as others have said---an eval is done for a reason, and you have to consider the nice with the not so nice. I agree that being loud can sometimes disturb the milieu. It can make agitated patients escalate etc. Obvious things. But you are who you are, and taken with a grain of salt, you can continue to be you no need to change. I think we adapt to our environment.
I currently have been working in Psych for the past several years, and lots of time the staff (be it the nurses/social workers/psychologists/psychiatrist/other nursing staff) do actually complain that such and such staff is too loud. But I mean, these are far and few between and it is normally the same 1 or 2 staff, and yes...it is just part of who they are. So not a judgement...but an observation. LOL.
When these 2 particular staff are too quiet, I know they aren't feeling well, or are down in the dumps. From 0630 starting with LOUD Gooooooood Morrrrrnings!! to 1500 ending with "Have a great night everybody!!!". these 2 ladies are just loud...we just deal with it, it helps that they are friendly, bubbly and loud. Not rude and loud!
Last edit by faithful11 on Aug 5, '07
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