I am brand new to the world of psychiatric nursing and am finding it VERY interesting. I have had several years experience in trauma ICU, then about 6 months of dialysis. So obviously, my knowledge base is very limited when it comes to psych. I have just started a new job with the state in an outpatient medication clinic. I will be seeing patients who are somewhat stable (when on their meds) but would eventually like to move over into the inpatient hospital down the road. We deal with a lot of CD when it's co-occuring with a mental illness but I am getting the impression that the main focus of this facility is with the mental illness. I have a pretty good foundation with the CD/recovery but none with things like schizophrenia, severe depression, personality disorders, etc.
I would love to hear from those who have experience in this fascinating area of nursing and especially advice on how to survive! And if anyone has suggestions on good books to read, websites, etc., I would love those as well. Also, I would like to hear some personal stories of how to handle agitated/aggressive patients and how you de-escalated the situation. I'm very nervous about not handling that kind of situation correctly and putting myself in more danger than is necessary. I took a class today on Crisis Prevention and Response Training where we learned how to deal with the more heated situations but I would like to hear from those who have been in those situations and how they handled them.
I already know I'm going to love this job and it's a type of nursing I've never done before. Very interesting, never boring, and I love the feeling that I'm truly helping these patients. I never thought I'd end up in psychiatric nursing but I'm very glad I'm here! Thanks in advance for any responses!
Aug 29, '09
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
This thread is great! I start Monday in psych...it wasn't my first choice out of school, but since I'm here I'm throwing myself into it the best that I can. So I need all the help that I can get
Last edit by Meriwhen on Aug 29, '09