I am a newer grad and I am so excited that I just landed a PRN psych job at a State Hospital to supplement my full-time job on the floor. I wanted my "medical" experience, but psych is my passion, so I wanted to dive back in. I was offered the job on the spot today (great thing, but could be red flag).
I am only familiar with an Acute Psych hospital setting where I did my preceptorship, which seems like it runs drastically different than a forensic state hospital. At the state hospital, it sounds familiar to what others have talked about
: staffing is 1 RN/LPN, 1 RN, and 4 PA's typically per ward. There are anywhere from 25-35 pts per ward. One nurse is the charge nurse, and one the med nurse.
I am not familiar with this type of set up and this number of pts, so I wanted to know if this sounds reasonable and doable to all you others with experience. I am excited about the position, but there were some red flags that came up - sounds like they have high turnover and are pretty far behind (no Pyxis, paper charting). I love a challenge, so that does not bother me - just gives me more experience, even if it's not the best. I am so excited to work with this population, so I really want to keep the job.
Let me know you Psych Nurse's thoughts on this set up, and your experience at forensic hospitals. THANKS for anyone who responds, your time is appreciated and good things shall come to you, hehe