Welcome, Loretta - I love to hear positive things about nursing, esp psych.
I'm new too (to this site), never thought to introduce myself - seems a great idea.
I'm the guy where I work who works with the most agitated, the least cooperative, the most 'difficult' patients.
I convince people, with fair success, in psych emergencies to accept treatment with less use of restraints, physical force, and IM Rx than average. I keep the peace.
I'm gradually transitioning into academics, specializing in negotiation techniques, rapport-building, treatment adherence, and the value of addressing the normal aspects of patients, not just symptoms and illnesses.
While pathology can and does influence patient decisions, including that whether to accept care and cooperate with others, illnesses do not make decisions. People do.
Anyway, again, Loretta, welcome, thanks for the positive message, as well as the fine idea of self-introduction - I'm really rather new to this whole concept of on-line forums, and its nice to have the opportunity to follow others' strong examples.