My goal is to get away from the medical side of nursing for awhile. I am severely worn out when it comes to floor nursing. In some of the hospitals I have worked when we transfer people to behavioral health it is a locked floor and the patient can't have any unresolved medical issues. I have this idea that not putting up with a ton of cormobidities and just the mental health side of people would give me a break. Any behavioral health nurses out there that can give me the down and dirty on behavioral health nursing on the unit?
Sep 29, '12
Our patients in the psych hospital have many medical issues too. However, primarily, we deal with strange behaviors, verbal/physical abuse from these patients. Sometimes they're hallucinating; most often they are not. It's a VERY CHALLENGING field and VERY EMOTIONALLY STRESSFUL. On my ward, there is not much physical abuse but there is an abundance of verbal abuse which can truly wear one down. Yes, it can also be physically stressful..as in when we staff have to restrain/seclude a patient while that patient is spitting at us, cursing, striking out. I have about 5 years left to work before retirement; I only hope I can make it through without pulling out my hair.
Last edit by Midwest4me on Sep 29, '12
: Reason: additional info