I'm a new grad (LVN) who would like to go into psych nursing. I'm really struggling, however, with the idea of antipsychotic med. maintenance after reading research that indicates that while effective for the short-term, the use of antipsychotics actually causes higher rates of relapse/psychosis long-term:
This is one of many articles written on the subject, and I don't think this is just quack research. I WANT antipsychotics to be the best answer, I just don't like what I'm reading about them. Anyway, I'm struggling because I think psychiatric nursing would be a good fit for me, but from what I can tell, a huge part of the job would be administering antipsychotics, and I don't know how comfortable I'd be with that. Since I don't know who to turn to with this concern, I thought I'd post here.
I guess I'm wondering if there are any of you who don't primarily give out these medications as part of your job, or who have similar concerns, or who have heard of and/or dealt with this topic before. I might just give up and start looking into other fields (although even during my clinicals in LTC and acute-care, I gave out PLENTY of antipsychotics), but I'm wondering what your thoughts are; please be kind, I know this post could incite harsh criticism. Thank you.
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Anyway, I'm struggling because I think psychiatric nursing would be a good fit for me, but from what I can tell, a huge part of the job would be administering antipsychotics, and I don't know how comfortable I'd be with that.
To put it simply, if you don't agree with the standard treatment modalities utilized by a specialty, it's NOT a "good fit" no matter how much you want it to be.
Going to work in psych nursing when you're not comfortable administering anti-psychotics makes a as much sense as going to work in an abortion clinic when you oppose abortion.
As for the reliability of the source you linked you need to consider the source that posted it: http://psychrights.org/index.htm
From their home page:
...public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's
on behalf of African American civil rights. The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.
you need to look at the background of the author. Robert Whittaker is a writer with ZERO health care training or education or even research for that matter. He is very well known for his blogs, books and articles against modern psychiatric treatment.
Last edit by kids on May 25, '12