Mental Health Clinicals

  1. What are your mental health clinicals like? What did you actually do there? I'm curious about how other schools do this. We had about 48 hours in acute care (short-term inpatient) and 18 in extended care (people in the community). I feel like it's been mostly observation.
    Last edit by BonnieSc on Nov 6, '05
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  3. by   crb613
    I interacted w/patients, attended mental inquest trials,med education,group thearpy. I wore headphones for a whole day while I cared for patients....the headphones were playing all these voices to show us what it was like to "hear" voices. It was awful....the voices were so mean & the things that they said..... horrible! It sure gives you a view into how terrible this must be...scary & sad. I don't know how some of these people do as good as they do. I had a really great clinical experience & learned a lot. I did my clinicals at a state hospital.
  4. by   Paleobug
    Maybe the voices you heard were your clinical instructor. Just kidding. I actually enjoyed mental health clinicals. We mainly observed patients and we saw various settings where patients go. It wasn't all about the mentally ill. I also enjoyed the rehab facility and observing the group therapy sessions and how they helped patients recover from substance abuse.
    Last edit by Paleobug on Nov 6, '05
  5. by   LWildman
    Oh, so its not like you do in Med Surge where you actually do hands on care and baths and meds? Its just going to see what you learned in theory applied?
  6. by   LISAMAR
    No, it's nothing like med surg. We didn't bring in stethescopes, do vital signs, or pass meds (you might pass meds, though... it was just the facility didn't allow that). We just talked with the patients and then analysed everything in group discussion afterwards. We were expected to talk therapeudically as learned in class. We were expected to make good observations of the patietn's behaviors and relate it to their condition or other concepts learned in class. It was fun.
  7. by   LISAMAR
    Oh yeah, no baths either. No one there needed anything like that.
  8. by   LWildman
    AWESOME! I'm super excited now! I was afraid I'd have to be watching to make sure I wasn't stabbed with a toothbrush or something.
  9. by   crb613
    Quote from LWildman
    AWESOME! I'm super excited now! I was afraid I'd have to be watching to make sure I wasn't stabbed with a toothbrush or something.
    That is too funny! I can tell I would like you!
  10. by   luvmy2angels
    We were given 3 patients to research. One with bi-polar, one with depression and one with schizophrenia. We were then to interact with each patient and ask general questions. If we were there when they had group therapy we could sit in on that as well. Then we had to write a report about each experience. I am hoping to go into mental health nursing so I LOVED this rotation!! We also had substance abuse that went along with our mental health. We got to spend an evening at a local drug and alcohol clinic. Same idea as mental health....we were given a patient to research and then we interacted with them. I got to attend their 12-step program and group therapy sessions. It was AWSOME!! I absolutley LOVED it!!!
  11. by   hsieh
    i work as a psychatric nurse. you just have to get them stable in the hospital so they can go live on the outside. the goal is as little restriction as possible. many people are afraid of the mentally ill. they are no more if not less violent than the rest of the population.
  12. by   crb613
    Quote from luvmy2angels
    We were given 3 patients to research. One with bi-polar, one with depression and one with schizophrenia. We were then to interact with each patient and ask general questions. If we were there when they had group therapy we could sit in on that as well. Then we had to write a report about each experience. I am hoping to go into mental health nursing so I LOVED this rotation!! We also had substance abuse that went along with our mental health. We got to spend an evening at a local drug and alcohol clinic. Same idea as mental health....we were given a patient to research and then we interacted with them. I got to attend their 12-step program and group therapy sessions. It was AWSOME!! I absolutley LOVED it!!!
    I am with you...I love psych! I forgot I also attended an AA meeting & wrote a paper on it also. We did careplans on our patients, had to write an interaction paper on one of them. I loved it & was offered a job at the hospital where I did clinicals then I recieved an academic award for psych! It was a great rotation & I will also probally go on to do psych nursing.
  13. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from crb613
    I am with you...I love psych! I forgot I also attended an AA meeting & wrote a paper on it also. We did careplans on our patients, had to write an interaction paper on one of them. I loved it & was offered a job at the hospital where I did clinicals then I recieved an academic award for psych! It was a great rotation & I will also probally go on to do psych nursing.
    I loved my psych rotation also! I graduate next month with my ADN and have been looking at psych jobs. Believe it or not, it is hard to get a new grad job in psych! They want at least one year experience. I even have a classmate that has interned at a psych hospital for about 6 months now and they won't even hire her as a new grad! Dissapointing............
  14. by   crb613
    Quote from lu_ann
    I loved my psych rotation also! I graduate next month with my ADN and have been looking at psych jobs. Believe it or not, it is hard to get a new grad job in psych! They want at least one year experience. I even have a classmate that has interned at a psych hospital for about 6 months now and they won't even hire her as a new grad! Dissapointing............
    Congrats on your graduation! I will graduate in May w/my ADN. I am kinda undecided where to start...my instructor strongly suggests med surg for the experience. After reading your post I guess I was lucky to get the job offer. Are you having a hard time deciding where to start? Another thing because I graduate in May...I have to do an additional 120 clinical hrs before I can take the NCLEX. I don't know if all states are doing that but good ole KY is......all 2006 grads have to go to the new requirements. Good Luck to you!

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