I've been working in an acute care psych unit for 6 months now. I'm feeling fed up with my unit. When I first got there I loved it. I really thought that I wanted to be a psych nurse. I came to work every day excited to be there, excited to work with my pts and help them however I could. But the more time passes, the more I feel dragged down by the unsavory aspects of my work place. the administration doesn't care about what type of pts we have as long as the beds are filled. my unit is more of a drug detox than a psych unit. The unit is "voluntary" but the ED tricks pts into signing in instead of being committed. The staffing is poor. The docs don't assess the pts, they wave at them in the hallway and bill them for a 20 minute session. People who med seeking linger in the unit for weeks, and pts who are still actively hallucinating get discharged. I don't know, I could go on and on with a list of things you have probably heard other people complain about.
How long do I wait before I run? and where do I run to? I truly thought I wanted to be a psych nurse, and go and get my NP in psych, but I dont know what I want anymore. Maybe I'm just having a wake up call to the reality of bedside nursing. Or maybe it's just the place I work in now, and not every place is like this. Its just getting harder and harder to drag myself to work every day.
Does anybody have any thoughts of advice?
Mar 28, '12
by Davey Do, ASN, RN
I remember you from Past Posts! Who can forget a user name like "cherubhipster?
First, I want to convey my empathy for this stressful time you're experiencing.
However, you do realize that we grow in consciousness through trials, tribulations and the subsequent illuminating revelations. And there is no problem without the gift of a solution in your hand. We seek problems because we need their gifts.
Next, the Previous Posters need to be commended for their appreciation of your situation and for their comments, ideas and suggestions.
Finally, Neil Diamond sang, "Except for the names and a few other changes, you could talk about me- the story's the same one".
I started out in Mental Health Nursing nearly 30 years ago and desparately wanted to get into the Medical end of Nursing. Somehow, I always ended up back in Psych.
Even as a Nursing Supervisor for a Home Health Agency, I was assigned to initiate and supervise an "At Home Mental Health Program".
It seems that The Fates had decided that I was to be a Mental Health Nurse. And, as you know, The Fates lead them that will. And those who won't, they drag.
So, I decided to Bloom where I was Planted. I found things to like about My Work in spite of Negative Conditions. I memorized, and use as a sort of mantra, sometimes repeating several times a day: "My happiness does not depend on what others do or say or what happens around me. My happiness is a result of being at peace with myself".
And in order for us to be happy, to be at peace with ourselves, we must adhere to our Principles.
You do a good job, cherubhipster. You care about your Patients and the job you do. Everything and Everybody else are just Things and People you're gonna hafta learn to deal with. You can do it. You know you can.
Otherwise, to paraphrase some of The Others: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".
Whatever you decide to do, I wish the very best for you, cherubhipster.
Last edit by Davey Do on Mar 28, '12