medsurgrnco 6,510 Views
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Patty Duke wrote a book about her Bipolar disorder.
Other books I've read that I recommend, tho not written by people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders are:
I Hate You, Don't Leave Me -- Jerold J. Kreisman & Hal Straus
The Making of a Psychiatrist -- David Viscott, MD
PsychWard -- Stephen B. Seager, MD
Crazy All the Time On the Psych Ward of Bellevue Hospital
-- Frederick I. Covan, PhD
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a book I read a long time ago that I liked as well.
If you feel you need to see a therapist or psychologist to help you through this difficult time, then do it. It would look worse to your employer for you to attempt to work and not be able to work effectively than to get help. An employer in most states can terminate your employment for any reason or without cause.
With a MASTER's in Psych, you might make HALF a nurses' salary. Agree with the posters above, find a way to get your nursing salary and do some of the type of work you seem to want to do.
This topic has been covered repeatedly. Suggest you do a search to read info from previous posts.
When I worked nights, what worked best for me was to only sleep 5-6 hours after the last night shift. If I slept longer, then I would have more difficulty going to sleep at a reasonable time that night to switch over to being awake during the day on my days off. I would also use doxylamine or Tylenol PM when having insomnia. I would eat a good meal with coffee immediately after getting up on my days off, but not have any other caffeine during the day. I found if I forced myself to get out of the house, I would have more energy.
Many, many nurses have been fired. Some admit it on applications and in interviews, and some don't. You need to figure out how you're going to address it.
You can check with HR to find out what kind of reference they will give. While references can say anything they want, only need to say it in good faith to avoid liability issues, most are highly concerned about liability and so don't want to say more than the minimal. Most hospitals where I've worked have a company policy to only give out position title and dates of employment. They will not say whether I was fired or resigned, or even whether I'm eligible for rehire. And some of my previous managers were not allowed to give out any information. Reference checks were only done through HR. I've had concerns that they would give out more info, but that has not occurred.
I have not used this web source personally, but I think it would ease your mind to pay $30 to have a reference check done. This company sounds good and is cheaper than others I've found listed on the internet.
As far as reasons you have left former positions, come up with something that somewhat fits and would sound good to your potential employer. Not a good fit, lack of teamwork, wanting more challenge, wanting a different type of position, wanting a different shift, etc. Try to give minimal detail about problems at former positions and steer the conversation back to a good area when they start probing.
Doxylamine is an OTC antihistamine that works for me. Try half a tab first. From what I've read, users don't complain about feeling drowsy the next day as often as users of benadryl claim. You can find it in the same area as Benadryl in stores.
You could also try camomile tea with valerian root and Melatonin.
If you don't get an improved schedule with rotating shifts, you may need to see a doctor for insomnia meds.
I've got an offer in a kind of LTC/rehab facility yesterday. I know it is always easy to find a job in LTC but the question is how to go back to hospital in the future if I cannot find one now--they don't count LTL experience in hospital and they would question why I left hospital and went to LTC instead?
And I wonder how long would the HR keeps resumes and relevant information in their database? Since I have applied all nearby hospitals and I am thinking about reapply in the future.
Most places I've worked, patients could order food/drinks and visitors could bring in food/drinks. Items not consumed at that time were kept at the nurses' station or in the pt fridge. No cans allowed on the unit. No food/drinks kept in pt rooms.
My suggestion - get a new job. Not only is this situation unsafe, but you are also new at nursing which makes it even more unsafe for all.
It is not unusual for a new nurse to go through a few jobs before staying in a position for a longer period of time, but you still want to limit this if possible!
Downplay the short length of time in those jobs and improve your reasons for leaving jobs. Schedule conflict is likely to be a concerning reason to the interviewer. What was your real reason for leaving the first job?
Focus more on your enthusiasm for the job you are currently applying for, and why you would be a good hire.
Your grammar isn't very good on these posts, which might be a result of not editing your post on the computer. But if you have poor grammar in interviews, that could be a problem. Suggest you brush up on interview techniques as well.
Agree with others, try to get your old job back. Then pursue this with the labor board and tell everyone you know about the situation. Probably not worth going after them personally, as the attorney would cost you big bucks and you'd get little $ for your efforts - if you got anything.
I've learned to do my own investigation, as I've repeatedly found others tell me incorrect data. Psych nursing outside hospitals sometimes pays better than the local hospitals. And you may find that you can work out a schedule you really like at your workplace as a nurse. Good luck to you!
I cannot seem to get in third gear. I go to the gym and seem quite strong. I can lift and do anything I want around the house. Mentally I think I am OK. It is just I hit a wall, and really no reason for me to continue on with any activity. I just stop. Well I can't do that at work.
Since you already went to the DON once about her, and she has been at the job longer than you have, I would lay low and hope that others would voice complaints. (And if they complain to you about her, you might suggest they talk to the DON who might be able to address the problems.)
If you haven't read the previous threads regarding interviewing for psych positions, I suggest you read them. Then let us know if you have any further questions.
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