As a psych nurse, what non-psych nursing skills do you wish you were stronger in?

  1. This is a new thread for psych nurses to ask for support in non-psychiatric skills they need brushed up on or have questions about "as related to their current practice" as a psychiatric nurse.

    What do you need more of as a psychiatric nurse?

    Hope to see some responses.
    Last edit by Thunderwolf on Oct 19, '05
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   TitaniaSidhe
    I guess the first thing that came to my mind was one of my goals in this years proficiency- to get advanced life support certification. Bone up on my skills for functioning in a code, reading strips & such.
  4. by   CharlieRN
    Infectious diseases and orthopedic care. I'm already pretty strong in a code situation otherwise I would put that first.
  5. by   sjb2005
    I'm not really psyche....but I give lots of psyche meds. Would like to know more than what the books say based on experiences of nurses in the field.
    What are the most effective drugs for the disease. What side effects do you see?
  6. by   Saoudishabiba
    I would like to get ACLS and PALS certifications. I work in an outpatient clinic and those classes are not offered. They are offered at the local hospital to employees only. Where else would you get those type of certifications from?:uhoh21:
  7. by   Thunderwolf
    Keep it coming folks. Maybe as psych nurses, we can formulate some good list of topics for additional learning for ourselves here. Then, when the chat room really gets up and running, we can meet there for awhile with some guest members as speakers (I'll invite them) to bring us up to snuff a little and/or give us some pointers/directions. Sound like a good idea?

    Keep on thinking about those learning needs. What would help your practice as a psychiatric nurse become more effective or well rounded?

    Thanks for the input thus far.
  8. by   solagratia
    More education on common diseases such as diabetes, chf, etc and the interaction with psychotropics...
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    Good idea for a thread, Wolfie!

    Future psych RN here. (Graduate in June.)
  10. by   Thunderwolf
    Keep up with the input...like to see more.

    Thanks everyone!
  11. by   guitarguy2
    I would like to know more about diabetes, and also various neurovascular problems, such as stroke, head trauma, etc. Those problems seem to have a lot of overlapping symptoms with psych disorders, so training in how to differentiate between these problems would be helpful, in case someone on the unit started displaying some new abnormal behaviors.
  12. by   anbreen
    Quote from WendyPsychRN
    I would like to get ACLS and PALS certifications. I work in an outpatient clinic and those classes are not offered. They are offered at the local hospital to employees only. Where else would you get those type of certifications from?:uhoh21:

    Check the Heart Assn w/s. They will have listings in your area.
  13. by   Katnip
    I'm curious why folks feel the need for ACLS and PALS in psych. Odds are you aren't going to have enough equipment and manpower that is also certified in your units, plus folks to intubate and put in a central line. BLS and AEDs is fine until those with all the stuff arrive.
  14. by   TrudyRN
    I think Psych nurses should be able to do simple things like remember that not all patients who scratch or pick their wounds are doing it for attention. Maybe their skin/wound itches, burns, hurts.

    Do good dressings, remember that you are treating a whole person, not just someone with a mental illness. Do neurocirc checks in those with casts or other restrictive dressings when there could be n-c compromise. Actually evaluate someone with a physical c/o. Check breath or bowel sounds. Eval VS.

    I think just a good Med-Surg Review that would cover essentials of each body system and common diseases of each system should be required q 1-2 years for Psych nurses, just as M-S nurses should be repeatedly refreshed about Psych issues.

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