Meriwhen the RN | Nursing Blog

By Meriwhen Asst. Admin

Psychiatric nurse and fan of Shaun the Sheep.

The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

How to Dress for Psychiatric Nursing

Many psychiatric facilities and settings allow or require that nurses and support staff wear street clothing instead of scrubs. Those entering into psychiatric nursing often ask, “If I can’t wear scrubs, then how should I dress?” Likewise, a common question asked by nursing students and their instructors is, “What should I (or my students) wear for psych clinicals?” I would like to offer some guidelines regarding how to dress for working or attending clinicals on a psychiatric unit. I’ve... Read More →


Agency Nursing

Agency nursing (also known as registry nursing) is the provision of nursing services on behalf of a staffing agency. The nurse is an employee of the agency; the agency sends the nurse out to various facilities to practice. Agency nurses can be found in all specialties of nursing. Agency nurses may work part-time or full-time. RNs, LVN/LPNs and advance practice RNs all can do agency nursing. Many nurses choose to work agency as their primary job, or as a secondary job to pick up extra... Read More →


Addictions Nursing

Addictions nursing deals with the nursing care of individuals suffering from one or more addictions. Addictions nursing is considered a subspecialty of psychiatric nursing. Patients may be suffering from the addiction alone or may have one or more co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses: this is termed “dual-” or “multiple diagnosis.” People often think of addictions only in terms of alcohol, painkillers, or street drugs such as heroin. In addition to these substances, addictions can also... Read More →


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Psychiatric nursing (also known as mental-health nursing) is the provision of nursing care to patients with mental illnesses. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that have a direct impact on a person’s thoughts, feelings, moods, interpersonal relations and ability to cope with stress (NAMI, n.d.). This can result in a detrimental affect on a person’s daily functioning. Some examples of mental illnesses include the schizophrenias, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance... Read More →



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