Quote from cargalrn
Thanks much for your response. So, it depends. LOL. I know it can bite you in the butt, but why is a hospital different from communtity nursing?
Where would you continue to visit with the patient? Very unlikely they would (or could) come back to a locked unit. Community mental health care nurses and social workers see patients in the community and the visits (while professional, patient-centered, and therapeutic) feel friendly and far less structured than in an office or hospital. My advice is to ask your supervisor; because you work in a locked unit it seems very unlikely such a request would be approved. There are strict professional, ethical boundaries with all patients, and as with other vulnerable people these boundaries are especially important. Remember, this is a lob sided relationship, and it must be patient-centered. We all wonder, "whatever happened to that patient...?", and probably more so with psych patients. But, other mental health professionals will continue serving them and their needs. The best closure is to warmly say goodbye when they're discharged, wish them well, then focus on the patients on your floor.