Hey, thanks for taking the time to read this, and hopefully offering your input...
I've worked in a PICU for 14 years, and have developed some bone spurs in my neck and lower back. I'm in an office position right now, but it's just not for me. Nursing was my second degree, my first is in psych, and I had taken a few couses to get my masters in psych, until I changed my mind and went to nursing school
For the past 3 months I've been pouring my thought and heart in getting a post-masters cert in psych specializing in peds - we did a terrible job in the PICU dealing with issues like PTSD, suicide attempts, molestation, etc.
ANYWAY: BACK TO ORIGINAL QUESTION: I want to get back into bedside nursing - how physical is psych nursing (excluding patients with psychotic breaks, etc, where you're going to get your butt kicked regardless)? Would I be turning and changing the patient every 4 hours, etc? Thanks in advance for your input, sorry for the rambling..
Nov 11, '17
I work inpatient with adolescents. Don't think I've ever had to do any ADLs or lifting at this job. The adolescents can get very physical and aggressive, but I've found that most of my patients won't ever lay hands on me for some reason. I think they understand my age and usually target each other or the bigger and stronger staff members. This happens even when I have to get between two of them that are fighting. I find this especially with the escalated males in psychosis. They seem to not want to assault an older woman. Though none of them have any trouble calling me out verbally
Last edit by dream'n on Nov 11, '17