Do you ever wonder why some people are drawn into the field of psychiatrics? I myself have only been in psych for about 7 months, previoulsy worked in med/surg, and ED. I thought it would make my career a little more well rounded and of course it pays nicely as it was a hard to fill position. Anyways, I wonder at times about some of the folks that I work with, one in particular, whom is highly educated, is always attempting or guessing what she thinks this person or that person dx will be, and 9 outa 10 she's ussally right. This lady is just a nurse like myself, but with a MSN, lately she comes to work saying well her one son she thinks has such and such disorder and her other son she thinks may have something else. Keep in mind these kids of hers are young like 8 and 10 years old. To me its like she looks and looks until she can find something wrong with people and well now they all must be medicated. The more I am around her I think she might be the one with the mental illness, as well as some others I work with. At times it seems hard to determine between my coworkers and the patients sad to say. I am not downing anyone with a mental illness, I just wonder what it is that draws folks to this field. When my contract is up I will go back to med/surg, and yes I will have learned plenty, just not quite what I was expecting. Everybody wants to be medicated these days, including the health care workers. I am sick of seeing the abuse of Adderall being used with are youth, and all the dx the psych docs label these youngsters with, these are dx they are often labeled with for life. Sad just very sad........................
I was just thinking last night that the staff I work with needs medication more than some of our patients. I have had my flirtations (figuratively speaking of course) with therapists in the past and I like to think that I've worked through most of my major issues.
I think I'm most keenly aware of co-workers with "issues" when it affects staff interactions and patient care. One co-worker in particular is very elitist and makes comments along those lines. Often tries to cover up by calling them "jokes", but really they're just mean spirited and meant to put staff and patients down. There is a hystronic nurse on one floor who throws a fit over EVERYTHING. Sounds like chicken little for any little thing. And another who is hostile and passive aggressive no matter how nice you try to be.
At this point, I just identify the behavior and manage them very much like a manage my patients. More amusing anecdotes for my memoirs
I forgot to mention, the only psych staff I've met who appear to be relatively well adjusted seem to be the staff that enter psych after being in the regular medical world, or plan on transitioning out of psych.
Last edit by New2ER on Apr 11, '08