i'm a relatively new nurse with 1 year experience in school nursing and just made the switch to a children's psychiatric hospital. basically, i feel like i am in way over my head. i am 1 week into a 6 week orientation and i feel like running back to the school system as fast as i can. i wanted to work with children because i actually like them, want to talk to them, want to interact with them, and most importantly, want to help them. the problem is that i feel like my attempts at interacting positively and therapeutically with the children have been stifled. for instance, i was sitting with two children during breakfast and we were talking. SUDDENLY, one of the therapy aides starts screaming at the child from across the dining hall "NO WE ARE NOT DOING THIS THIS MORNING. STOP TALKING AND EATING YOUR FOOD." While I understand that we are on a time constriction as far as eating, I feel that there was a better way for that to be handled. Perhaps the aide could have walked the 10 feet or so over and said "If you continue talking you will not have time to finish your food. Finish your food and then you can talk to the new nurse." ANYTHING WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER THAN THE WAY SHE HANDLED IT. I mean, really. Whatever happened to socialization? Positive reenforcement? Therapeutic communication? Are these myths they teach us in nursing school?
Also, staff such as aides will tease, name-call, and basically bully the kids. I have brought this up to my supervisor and she pretty much just shrugged it off. I find this to be very troubling to say the least. She told me in no uncertain terms that I have to stop being such a bleeding heart for the kids or I am not going to last. I'm not sure that I disagree.
Any feedback would be great.