Dear Pysch Nurses - page 4

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Why does everyone treat me like I have a communicable disease when I tell them psychiatric nursing is the only specialty I'm drawn to? Do you have this problem also?... Read More


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    huh? i dont think so.. psychiatric nursing is quite challenging. actually i also wanted to try this course in nursing.
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    im a nursing graduate.. board passer.. got a bit of nursing experience..
    im in a dificult circumstance/situation right now, diagnosing myself as passively dependent person.

    now i find myself getting better and moving on---

    nursing interventions i did for myself::: reading self-help books, drinking coffee at least once a day but not more than 2 times a day, eating chocolates (especially with almonds), music therapy, sometimes drawing, and writing anything i would like. hahaha exercising and encouraging myself, getting a life outside the life of somebody i used to cling to.

    still find myself crazy sometimes.. but im getting more aware of what i am doing and helping myself manage my emotions.
    Thanks
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    Because the normal people think that there is something wrong with you or else you would work in a real hospital.
    Some other nurses think that it is easy, and you really don't work because you don't wear a stethoscope around your neck and your pockets are not bulging with stuff. But let a mentally ill patient go on a Med/Surg floor and we are the first ones they call.
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    I tell them that the Airway, Breathing, Circulation hierarchy we are taught to focus on seems completely irrelevant to a patient who lacks the capacity to enjoy it. The traditional disciplines help them medically, but we help them make it all worthwhile again, so they can meet their personal goals.

    I believe psych nursing may hold the key to our next leap forward in health care. "Normal" patients are making unfortunate and irrational compliance and lifestyle decisions which contribute to repeat hospitalizations, even with the new technologies. The psych population may hold the key to addressing irrational decisions.
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    Because the normal people fear us. Like I said in my first post they think there is something wrong with us and they are right there is - it is called compassion. So much compassion that we are willing to risk our safety just care for the patients that have the worst disease in the world- Mental Illness. A little kid with a cut finger gets more sympathy then a patient affected with Suicidal depression. The patient is told to snap out of it. They can't because in their minds, they are ten feet under water while the rest of the world is above them. If and when he takes his own life the normal people say that was stupid. He thew away his life. We try to help patient like this using our minds. For which we are looked down upon. It sucks.
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    Quote from Merlyn
    Because the normal people fear us. Like I said in my first post they think there is something wrong with us and they are right there is - it is called compassion. .
    Powerful words. Hope you guys don't mind me butting in, just a hopeful nursing student here, learning as much about the field as I can. Mental health and addictions is something I'm quite passionate about!
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    Quote from empathetic gal
    Powerful words. Hope you guys don't mind me butting in, just a hopeful nursing student here, learning as much about the field as I can. Mental health and addictions is something I'm quite passionate about!
    Nursing Student, May I be the first to welcome you to the Tea Party, Alice
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    in my batch.. I'm the only psych nurse... psych is not for everybody.. I've seen a lot of nurses who after working for a week quits and not because they found another job, but because they couldn't handle it.. so if it is your calling.. you go for it..

    it's very rewarding.. i love it

    ps. and it's not true that we do not have any nursing skills.. or that we're not real nurses ( oh yeah i heard that too!! )
    people can say all they want to say.. but i what i do know is this.. WE save lives just as much as the ice nurses or med surg or ER nurses do.. we also save families..
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    Quote from iamgabrielle
    in my batch.. I'm the only psych nurse... psych is not for everybody.. I've seen a lot of nurses who after working for a week quits and not because they found another job, but because they couldn't handle it.. so if it is your calling.. you go for it..

    it's very rewarding.. i love it

    ps. and it's not true that we do not have any nursing skills.. or that we're not real nurses ( oh yeah i heard that too!! )
    people can say all they want to say.. but i what i do know is this.. WE save lives just as much as the ice nurses or med surg or ER nurses do.. we also save families..
    and may I say not with any monitors or IV machines, we do it with our brains and a few meds.
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    Hello,

    Yes, I work in psych, and yes we still have patients with other problems (diabetic is the usual), but my blood drawing skills are crap, and I know I'm not as up on some of the physical stuff as a med surg nurse would be. I do see "the look" and mostly I don't care - except the other side of "the look" is that once a patient is ID'ed as a psych patient, it seems like the non-psych trained people stop considering non-psych diagnoses. That is not only irritating, but dangerous.

    Diane
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