Wabi Sabi 2,793 Views
Joined: Nov 18, '09;
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It's important to be with the patients. Sometimes staff have so much paperwork to do they stay behind the desk. Your most effective intervention will be to spend time with your patients, getting to know them, earning their trust, and just listening. Review therapeutic (and non-therapeutic) communication skills.
This semester will help you no matter where you work. There are psych patients everywhere.
As for there being not much to do....it's up to you to figure out what you can do that will help your patients. Dream up some groups. Do medication education. Mostly just BE with them. It can be totally fascinating.
Anything that's worth having is going to require hard work, dedication, drive and ambition. Being a nurse is the hardest yet most rewarding experience, kind of like being a good parent. I agree that you should get a BSN, there are 2 year programs out there but the job market is tight right now and many nurses are leaving school and unable to get a job. so you need to be the best you that you can be.
My favourite poem about being a nurse...
Being a nurse means....
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
So much to do and so little time.
You will step into people's lives
And you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst -
And at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
At people's capacity for
Love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin - - and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
And devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
And to be humane.
-Melodie Chenevert, RN
Misha, don't you have a textbook for your course? I feel that what you're asking us to tell you is a whole lot of information you should be able to find on your own and really, most of it you should know by this point in the semester. I don't want to do your homework for you. I wish you luck and suggest you start some online searches, look in your textbook if you have one, and talk to your instructor if you're having trouble.
I'm a psychiatric nursing instructor (have been for 15 years) and wow, it doesn't seem like you've looked in your book very much. Every psych nursing text I've ever seen answers most of the questions you ask...they define things pretty well. Do you have to assess a patient and that's why you're asking?
It is unfortunate but just like the individuals we serve, mental health professionals are often stigmatized.
If you need to be "sold" on psych nursing, it's probably not a good choice for you.
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