Quote from jewlsRN
Just looking for advice on being torn between loving what it means to be a psych nurse and having serious concerns about safety of entering the unit where I work. Have been there for 2 years now and even though there are short intervals where things seem to be running smoothly, most of the time we are operating in some pretty scary conditions. The acuity is high, beds are filled, short staffed, in a facility separate from the hospital by a few miles with no emergency back up or security other than calling 911. Psych is my passion and currently going to school for a psych NP program. My plan is to work in outpatient eventually, but really would like input for others on inpatient units as to how safety/staffing is managed. If this is how other inpatient units operate, then there really needs to be a complete overhaul of the mental health system. We are also being overtaken by the use of bath salts. Feeling like I am putting my license on the line every day, not to mention physical/emotional well being.
I am currently working at psychiatric ward of teaching hospital. I want to share my experiance with my fellow nurses.
We have close ward and open ward, and a few day ago I worked at close ward. Normally I am in open ward setting, but I was kicked to close ward that day. Someday that kind of thing happening.
One of Schizophrenia patient acted out, and kicked out my chest directly.
His doctor saw it, and ordered security room locking. While moving him to SR, he frantically kicked the doctor, me, a nurse aide, a security guard. Originally the patient was going to discharge the day after tommorow, but the discharge plan cancled after this incident.
He was chronic patient, and his family is poor. Also, he didn't had any sense. I always felt so sorry for him.
Sueing a patient from hospital will be a hot potato, isn't it? Well, here, I am in South Korea, and we're just going to be silent. I didn't got any bruise. My co-workers asked me if I feel ok, and I answered I'm just fine. I was physically fine, and there was a patient to manage, what can I say? Saying I am not ok, I want to X-ray my chest, etc? That would be look no good.
I am just wondering. I heard US nurses are better protected by their law. I wonder, if that kind of incident happened in your ward, what would you do?
I love my patient, and I want to help and care for them. But after that experiance, I felt differently. I tried to care him, he cried so hard and pleaded to open the door of SR... but I just don't want to open the door anymore, I felt so afraid of him.
How do you deal with that kind of emotion? I am open to other nurses' suggestion. You will be more experiance than me, and have a lot of experiance.
Thank you for reading.