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  • 14

    One of the best nurses (that I know) for psych situations, combative patients, etc is a former prison guard in a mens prison. She decided that wasn't what she wanted to do for the rest of her working life so went to nursing school. She is fierce.

    One of my classmates became a NICU nurse. You should see him handling those tiny little babies. This is a big hulking man, who has the most gentle touch. And he is very good at what he does.

    My point: Every nurse, regardless of gender, brings something to the table. Gender shouldn't have anything to do with it. Skill should.

  • 12

    I like how they can smash a beer can with their head while they're giving a blood transfusion.

  • 10

    Okay thank you for your input. However, I didn't say he doesn't want me to do it. I said he is unsure. In a good marriage, you take your spouse's thoughts into consideration as well.

  • 9

    Kayla, I just retired after 41 years of Psych/Addictions nursing. I worked inpatient (childrens, geriatric, acute and chronic), outpatient, did ER evals of psychiatric and substance abuse patients. I was hurt in all those years, in all those areas, maybe 3 times. You have to develop good assessment skills, and ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings, you also have to develop good crisis intervention skills. There is training available for managing out of control patients, but one must learn to intervene when you see escalation start, that takes time and learning patterns of the illness. Since many of the sickest patients are frequent flyers, you get to know who you can expect to act out, some people will be a surprise, though. The kids are the worst, in my opinion. I worked with them when I first started. If your passion is psych nursing, learn as much as you can, don't deny yourself, takes a special kind of person to work with the Mentally Ill. Good Luck to you!!

  • 9

    Quote from Pangea Reunited
    I like how they can smash a beer can with their head while they're giving a blood transfusion.

    And mow the lawn during a code.

  • 8

    I agree that men would be great candidates for the nursing profession because they are human beings. And humans taking care of humans makes sense.

    As for strength and muscle power? The male student in my class is a toothpick. He can't lift any more than I can.


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