gonzo1 20,851 Views
Joined Jun 8, '05.
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I always steer away from people who make statements like, "I always say." Mental health issues run the course from someone who is afraid of spiders, to psychopaths. I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't have some sort of at least small fear or phobia. I work ICU, ER and psyche and have seen nutsy nurses in all these positions.
From my experience a person who is really mentally ill won't stay in psyche nursing very long because they aren't really there for the patients, but to help themselves. I've seen a couple who only lasted a few months. Just like all other types of nursing there are all kinds of nurses who work psyche, some are extremely well adjusted people from normal homes and some have issues of their own. It's this mix of personalities that make for a strong unit where everyone can learn and grow.
EKUGRAD, you sound like an awesome person and they are lucky to have you.
I spent several years in the ER and now ICU. I have seen doctors cry, firemen cry, EMS, nurses and all the rest. At first it is hard to control your emotions, but as time goes on you learn to get the job done, then cry. I gotta say, there is nothing more gut renching then seeing a fireman cry. But I have nothing but respect for those who cry.
Most of us agree that when you don't cry anymore then you should probably get out
Why didn't you just stay "stop for a second, I forgot to dilute it"
My problem has always been that I feel the patients pain/discomfort. It has taken me years of telling myself, "its their pain, not mine."
Depending on your job and work team, nursing can be scary and very hard. I've worked in great places, and horrible places. Thank God I now work in a very nice place. The job can be hard, combative patients, snarky, stupid docs, lots of poop. But nursing has been very good to me overall and I love it. It is incredibly rewarding knowing you have helped people on the worst days of their life. I've even saved a few lives. I love the science, the challenge and the friendships.
I love seeing my skills become better all the time. The ICU I currently work in is the hub of the hospital and we help and monitor the other depts (night shift). Our hospital is not without problems and like most places they don't really listen to our input, but for the most part staffing in our unit is good and my team mates are awesome. I'm very grateful for the chance to be a nurse and help people. Nurse of 15 years, started at 45. It's not to late.
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