I have been looking for quite awhile at a job in one of Oregon State Hospitals Psych Units.
Im sure some of you Psych folks have experience on being in the inside of a State Hospital. What's it like? Does it look like something out of a movie? How often do patients attack staff? What is the work going to be like for a Mental Health Therapy Tech?
Ive hard some really scary things about them. In Oregon in particular, like 1/3 of the Doctors or some huge amount in the OSH had been cited for different sorts of things. Ranging from kinda bad to horrible.
At the same time, I feel I would learn a lot about myself,my future and get good experience in an area I have always found interesting. Also have the chance to make a difference in people who do not see a lot of difference in their lives.
I have already decided however I will not work with the Geriatric population in this setting. My interest lies much more towards the younger people who still have a chance at going onto to have a decent life.
Sorry about the length. Noone in my fam genereally likes to listen to my thoughts on this so I leave them for you kind folks to ponder.
Any info would be AWESOME!
Feb 12, '04
Thanks everyone for the GREAT information!
Since I believe the avalible jobs are minimal and those with a degree in Psych,SW,et al. get first prefrence(Per their site) and ontop of that the pay for a person w/ a Bacc. Degree is fairly decent considering the saturation and what not in those fields... I am trying to find another way to get my foot in the door. Anyone have suggestions? Certaintly volunteers are not allowed inside the locked facilitys but what would be a good plan of action to get a foot in the door in anyway possible, in your experience? My thought was to get in contact with HR and offer my services in anyway possible.
Thanks once again!
Last edit by FutureRNMichael on Feb 12, '04