Oregon State Hospital, Salem - page 2

by kerouac01

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Hi, this is my first post, so hopefully I'm doing this right. I'm planning on moving to the Salem area this summer and would really like to get into the psych field of nursing. I'm currently a RN with a BSN and 3 years medsurg... Read More


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    Do you have a say on which unit to work at ? What do you recommend is the best unit and shift to work in? How is staff ratio to patients? Do staff get along and help each other out? Is the length of orientation enough for someone who has no experience in psych?
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    No, I had no say in which unit I went to. Personally, I WOULD not go to the maximum security units (bldg 48). On average a staff member will visit the ER each week. The TCP's for some patients are a little messed up. For example...a pt can assault x3 before seclusion/restraits are applied???? WTH?? Even a male nurse I worked with on my unit advised me to NOT float over there and I have no desire to.

    The BEST places to work, in my opinion, are the cottages, but jobs there for RN's are hard to come by. Otherwise in the 50 bldg it's a crap shoot. Now that they've begun to hire RN's there are typically 2 RN's to each floor each shift (except for NOC and I don't know if that'll apply or not). Most floors are overcrowded, but I understand the new hospital will help to alleviate that. The biggest hurdle you'll really encounter will be some of the MHT's. Patient ratio all depends on which floor. For instance on one floor there are about 40 patients where on another there are less than 30.

    Orientation for me was 2 months then I was on my own and I had no experience other than clinicals, but I did feel somewhat ready. Fortunately, I worked with some GOOD RN's and that is what helped me a lot.
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    Hi,
    I'm a new grad and I'm getting hired on as mental health RN at Oregon State Hospital. I was wondering if I could be any advice on where to start. I've been offered to work possibly: medic unit, 50e (with Allens scale 3-4), or the Flower units with men or women of Access Level 1-2. Any suggestions?
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    That's Axis 1-2
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    Hi Kerouac01. How are you liking the job at OSH? Any advice on what to expect on the interview? I have mine next week and would like to know how you prepare for it. Do I need to know certain meds?

    Quote from kerouac01
    Hi, this is my first post, so hopefully I'm doing this right. I'm planning on moving to the Salem area this summer and would really like to get into the psych field of nursing. I'm currently a RN with a BSN and 3 years medsurg experience. I was just wondering if I could get some info regarding the state hospital there. I've read some pretty bad articles on the web in regards to the nurse/patient ratio, mandatory overtime, sick calls, and other things. Just wondering if any of this has changed with the plans of building the new hospital. As far as other questions...

    1. Is the mandator overtime a common thing? I don't mind it once in awhile, but is it something that the nurses do on a weekly basis?

    2. With the staffing and overtime being such an issue, is leave commonly denied?

    3. What kind of training is offered to a RN with no psych experience? Is there some sort of preceptorship that lasts a few weeks?

    4. How bad is the patient load? I even read an article that said it can be 18-42 when there are sick calls......42? is that a joke?

    5. What kind of scheduling options are there? If I just want nights will I get it? Are the nurses typically full time on a specific unit, or do the continually rotate through gero, forensics, and adult?

    Thanks guys. I hope I'm posting this in the right spot. Maybe the psych forum would have been better.


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