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I am transferring into a psych unit from NICU and am getting a little nervous / excited. I have always wanted to be a psych nurse but feel nervous because of lack of experience. I was wondering if anyone has a favorite reference or inspiring books they could reccommend.
Welcome to psych; I wish you well, and stay excited!
You could probably get any current basic text that would give you the "facts" and of course, as already mentioned, a med book for review.
However, I also find it helpful to read the "real world" experiences of people who have suffered with mental illness. These pop into mind, and I know I have more:
by William Styron (very short, intense book about his depression,excellent. It literally took my breath away)
A Brilliant Madness
by Patty Duke, who was undiagnosed bipolar for years.
An Unquiet Mind
, by Kay Redfield Jamison, also diagnosed with bipolar. (Actually, all of her books are worthwhile) She's a professor at Johns Hopkins.
The Day the Voices Stopped
by Ken Steele who lived with schizophrenia much of his life.
I think reading these kinds of books helps us to know these illnesses from the perspective of those who are challenged on a daily basis.