I have been working as a psychiatric nurse for the past couple of months, and I have to say it is a different experience. It's been good overall, with bad days being really bad, and good days being really good. LOL.
I work in a psychiatric hospital, wherein they don't have core staff in the children's unit because of it being difficult, mostly because they are not really psych patients (psychotic, hallucinations), but more of children having behavioral problems (defiance, manipulation, anger management). Anyway, they've been putting me there maybe 3 days our of the week, and it WILL burn you out, constantly telling these kids to follow rules, then another one is cursing and throwing chairs, and one with ADHD, and it is tiring. I am learning, slowly but surely, how to deal with them by being firm, and standing my ground. I give them 2 or 3 warnings at most, 1:1 communication and if they are still uncontrollable, I then call the doctor to give them something, be it PO or IM medication.. I realized, although it might seem quite cruel, that medication surely helps, especially when one patient can trigger another, and I just try to catch one before they go berserk. All in all, it is a continuous learning experience for me, and rest assured that my husband will know what unit I've been when I look so tired when I get home.
I would like to know, from nurses who have experience with children also, what techniques you use in order to control the kids, or what activities are useful? I've tried rewarding those with good behavior, bringing coloring materials, and renting DVD's, and still constantly thinking. What can you suggest to help our unit out? Thanks guys!