What Exactly Does the Duty in the Job Description Entail?

  1. I was doing my daily job search and came across one job which had this specific duty in the list of duties which the job entails:

    "Participate in take-downs of violent patients"

    I have heard of restraining a patient and understand what that means. Is this the same thing?

    Also, I am planning on having a baby sometime this year. If employed at this job, can I refuse from particiating if I were pregnant?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   realnursealso/LPN
    Was this for a job in a`Mental Health facility?
  4. by   caliotter3
    If you are planning on a pregnancy, I would look for a different type of job.
  5. by   LA_StudentNurse
    Take downs in a mental health facility means that when a pt shows inappropriate behavior (usually risk to self and or others) and other alternative measures do not work, the last resort available is to "take down" or swarm the patient. A swarm of people take control of the person and either put him/her in a special room, administer restraings, or admin cocktail of meds to adjust the inappropriate behavior. Obviously, the pt must be constantly monitored, offered food/water, and reevaluated. The state in which you practice will regulate this procedure.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from live&love&heal
    I was doing my daily job search and came across one job which had this specific duty in the list of duties which the job entails:

    "Participate in take-downs of violent patients"
    In my neck of the woods, we refer to take-downs at psychiatric facilities as "therapeutic holds," as this sounds more politically correct.
  7. by   LA_StudentNurse
    Quote from TheCommuter
    In my neck of the woods, we refer to take-downs at psychiatric facilities as "therapeutic holds," as this sounds more politically correct.
    Oops, PC....been watching TV wrestling too much
  8. by   live&love&heal
    Thank you everyone for the clarifications. Hmmm, I wont be applying for this job. If were not trying to conceive I'd apply in a heartbeat.

    BTW, the job is not at a psych, rehab, or mental facility. It's at a County Acute clinic.

    Thanks again everyone! =)

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