Hi, Im a new grad working at an inpatient psych hospital on two different units. One unit is children ages 5 to 12, and the adolescent unit is ages 13-17. Ive been there about 2 months and Im still orienting. I find that I related better with the adolescents but I dont have a choice as to which unit I work on. I have to go back and forth to both units. Although I like working with the younger kids, I often leave feeling incompetent and like the kids don't take me seriously. I try to set limits with them but it doesnt usually work. And theres always a couple that give me a hard time about taking their meds. Sometimes these kids are oppositional toward all staff so I dont take it personally, but other times they are compliant with other staff, so it makes me feel like I need to learn a new approach. I do understand that Im brand new to the field and Im sure it takes time to develop confidence and effective techniques for working with this population, but I would love some concrete tips! Usually there are 2 nurses working on the unit with a few mental health counselors, but lately it seems that there is only 1 nurse working when someone calls out, and I fear that I am off orientation soon and I will be there by myself with kids not listening to me and refusing meds...Help!