My Positive Experience as a Third Year Psy. Nursing Student

  1. I am a third year psychiatric nursing student and just had an amazing experience. When I was in first year my very first placement was in the Adult Mental Health Unit where I came across an unwell elderly lady. She was extremely depressed and anxious, she could hardly talk and would never leave her bed area. I was really nervous on my first placement but because I am used to working in a nursing home I take quickly to older people so I spent a lot of time with her. Encouraging her in her adl's, she ate so little, got her to go on little walks and kept talking to her, etc - at the time I didn't think anything I was doing was of much use, she was really in a bad place.

    Today I am working in a treatment center, it is a half way between hospital and home, preventing hospital admission or allowing time before going home. They also do a day care service, like a day center. I met this lady today and was shocked to see her so well, being so bright in herself and talkative. I was most impressed that she remembered me and the little things I did with her. She thanked me and then spoke about how I had changed my hair . We had the best chat about how well she is doing. living on her own, cooking etc.

    I guess it is just a bit of inspiration. That people can get well, that they do appreciate what you do even if I feels really small nothing but most importantly when someone is in a bad place and seem really withdrawn it doesn't mean they don't take in what is going on around them and remember you. I am just so happy at the moment, makes the struggle with study and assignments worthwhile.
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  3. by   jamie876
    Thanks for sharing your experience. It really feels good when a patient remembers or appreciates even just the little things you did for them.!!
  4. by   kabfighter
    Where are you located? Here (in the United States) specialties are pursued after nursing school is complete, so there is no such thing as a 'psychiatric nursing student'. What are the other courses in your program? Many of my credits consisted of med-surg and OB/GYN courses, so you must have a very psych-oriented curriculum if you get psychiatric courses instead of the more general ones.
  5. by   lasair
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  6. by   lasair
    Quote from kabfighter
    Where are you located? Here (in the United States) specialties are pursued after nursing school is complete, so there is no such thing as a 'psychiatric nursing student'. What are the other courses in your program? Many of my credits consisted of med-surg and OB/GYN courses, so you must have a very psych-oriented curriculum if you get psychiatric courses instead of the more general ones.
    I am in Ireland - I am training to be a psychiatric nurse, you can do it straight away as a special. There is a choice of general nursing, psychiatric nursing, intellectual disability nursing and general and children's nursing combined (although I am not to sure they still do that. ) that you can do your first degree in!

    What do you mean by program? What do I study?

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