Getting Hurt in the Units - page 2
Hello all! I am a recent grad and just got hired in a state facility. I was my first choice because I had done clinical work in this facility and enjoyed my time. I have one, albeit serious... Read More
Jun 4, '12It depends where you work I guess. In my experience though the state facilities tend to have more issues with security as far as people getting hurt. I work in a decent sized (about 130 beds) non-profit mental health hospital and usually when we can't handle a Pt we send them to the state hospital. I have worked at my job for 2.5 years and have never been hurt once (knock on wood). Unless you count when I work on the Older Adult Psych unit, but I don't count that because I have been hit by Dementia Pt's NOT in the psych lockdown unit. I think it just comes with the territory in Dementia sometimes. If you do end up getting hurt on the job I would say try not to take it personally and remember you are working with some very sick individuals. Who knows what they are perceiving at that moment. We had a Pt once who saw evil flying monkeys trying to harm him when he looked at anybody, you had to be very careful in how you approached this Pt, just for an example.