Hello nurses...Im going to be starting a new psych nursing position here in a few days, so excited, have been interested in psych since school...Have already ordered a couple of psych nursing books to brush up on the basics, any advice or pointers would be much appreciated....thanks :-)
I am learning it takes a special person to be a psych nurse. I think it is the best of all worlds - I still get to do wound care, patients on paper (intake paper before presenting to dr.), Rapid Response, seizure, heart problems, UTI & Ammonia related confusion, Alcoholics, Drug addicts, true psychosis of all flavors. My favorite warm fuzzy is seeing a person from psychosis with audio & visual hallucinations to almost normal after some time - it always amazes me what sleep, food & serious antipsychotic meds can do. Every once in a while I get to go home & feel that I really did good by my patients. Most of the time it is running the day of meds, meetings, groups, calming the upset pt., admissions & reports, praying that we don't have to use restraints since I'm not trained in them yet. I fell into this 1st job of mine & managed to get it right -- but I pray every day for me, the staff & the patients to keep safe, calm & therapeutic. I am learning about forgiveness; I learn from the patients & I learn from my fellow nurses. I've only been here 6 months, but I still like my job -- still have mountains to learn, but I am staying with it. This is the true "disparity" population - people who have no one else to turn to but us --- how sad that we are the only ones that treat these people with dignity & respect, but how gratifying when you know you have helped someone because they stop you to say so. Good luck!! And BE CAREFUL!!!
Last edit by wingding on Oct 16, '13