Hello, I'm considering working for a state facility and have a few questions. Do any of you work at a state psychiatric hospital facility for violent offenders? What are the standard safety policies (i.e. not being alone with a patient)? Also, being a state run institution, do you run into staffing issues as a nurse?
Please let me know anything helpful that an outsider should be clued in on.
Apr 18, '12
The magazine Nursing just had a terrific article on correctional nursing which included psych because the "residents" are usually dual diagnosed. See if you can view this. Good luck!
Apr 19, '12
All psych hopsitals have the potential for violent pts. I would ask about the rate of violence this hopsital has had to deal with in the past year. Balance this with the cencus and staff ratio. I would also wonder about the policy on restictive intrventions and training they require practice there.