SoundRN7, BSN 5,668 Views
Joined May 2, '12.
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Not everyone with a mental health diagnosis abuses drugs but everyone who abuses drugs has an underlying mental health issue.
Psych nurses are super human! Or maybe that's just one of this crazy psych nurses delusions.
All nurses, not just psych nurses, get frustrated with patients at times. It's completely normal.
When looking for psych nurse jobs online also use the key words "behavioral health" and "mental health" nurse.
During my first week working in psych I thought the same thing, "this is easy." That happened to be a holiday week with few patients and very low acuity. Almost two years later I'm still working psych/AOD crisis and "easy" is not a word I would use for the work I do. That's not to say that you won't have days that seem slow and easy, but that is not the norm.
I work in a psych crisis facility and we can wear street clothes or scrubs. I've never noticed it making a difference to the patients one way or another.
How about doing some progressive muscle relaxation with the group?
Does working in psych make you crazy? I think most of us that work in psych have at least a little crazy in us already. I work psych and I believe it has helped me become a better listener to my family/friends at home. On the negative side, since I deal with "crazy" all day, when I come home I don't have nearly as much patience or tolerance for BS from my family.
After getting my RN license it took me a little over a year to land my first nursing job and I landed in a psych/AOD crisis facility. I definitely lost some of my hard earned medical knowledge in the year it took me to find a job. I too had high anxiety levels those first months and often felt like a real idiot. I still feel that way some days. Even basic information about diabetes and blood pressure problems had partially left my brain. I started writing out notes for myself. For example, for diabetes I made notes about the different kinds, normal/abnormal blood sugars, signs/symptoms, medications, instructions for giving insulin, etc... I did and still do this for any new disease or medical problem that I encounter that I am not familiar with. I review and refer back to my own notes often. As a nurse I do not feel it is essential to know everything, but I do feel it is essential to know where to look to find information when needed. You will encounter many medical conditions when dealing with psych patients and it's good to see that you care about being more knowledgeable.
Working in acute psych will definitely give you the opportunity to practice nursing in a non-judgemental and caring manner to people who are at their worst. It's not as scary as you might think. There are some in the psych profession who are judgemental, seem non caring, and are burnt out, but you will find this in all areas.
My facility is a smoke-free zone, but that doesn't stop people from sneaking off across the street to take a puff or three. I have no problem with people taking snack and bathroom breaks, however.
You're really comparing smoking a carcinogen to eating lunch....really???
No offense, but I get ticked off when I hear smokers try to make excuses for their bad habits or compare their bad habits to try to justify themselves. You can't compare eating, a basic human need, to smoking, a well-known cancer-causing poison. Humans HAVE to eat to survive, but smoking (even second-hand smoking) kills. So please, stop right there.
Yeah I should probably have the same goal. What kind do you use? Is it an actual e cig or a PV?
If you can swing both jobs I would recommend that. Both positions offer the potential for valuable experience that can be used in any job the future.
Used them once to quit. Its called vaping and I enjoyed it. They have all sorts of devices and nic juice that give you the sensation of smoking. I actually like it a lot....I'm not sure how I ended up back on ciggs. I think my device broke and I wound up back on them. Maybe ill pick it back up but I'd still test pos for nicotine....
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