Exactly - I feel like our instructors are playing mind games with us when it comes to the tests. And all of these disorders - they are all starting to sound the same to me. They all seem to have hallucinations, delusions, social anxiety, etc. My exam on Tuesday is covering Schizophrenia & all of the other forms of schizo (schizoaffective, schizophreniform, etx), all of the spectrum disorders, all of the personality disorders & dementia/Alzheimer's & delirium. I can handle the nursing care, because a lot of the interventions are generally the same - give them space, try to reorient but also realize that what they are experiencing is real to them, all of the different antipsychotic, antidepressive, benzodiazepines, antianxiety, stimlants drugs, etc. & their potential side effects. However, our fun instructors take it a step further & want us to know what neurotransmitters are affected, what lobe of the brain is affected, if it is genetic - what genes are involved. Helloooooo...we are in nursing school, not neurology 101.
I had read somewhere that if you were not looking forward to the psych semester, that you end up really enjoying it & vice versa - if you were looking forward to it, you end up disliking it. Well, I'm here to prove that myth wrong. I wasn't looking forward to it & I can't stand it...lol.
Two more weeks until this nightmare is over. No one ever warned us about this class...lol. Now that I've thought about it, the instructors are far worse than the patients! At least the patients are interesting.
I think they schedule it right before our final semester so that we can't wait to get back to med/surg - even if it is advanced. Good luck to those that have not yet taken psych!!!!!!