I'm super new to this board but I wanted to get your thoughts on whether or not it is appropriate to take a tech job that will put me in the mix with potentially violent adults. I am sitting out the remainder of my school year and reentering my RN program next fall. While I have all this unwanted free time I would like to gain experience working in an inpatient psych environment. I want this job badly. I felt cheated when my psych rotation ended. I barely had a chance to recognize let alone develop my skills. I just knew right away that it was what I want to do when I graduated.
In so many words I have been informed by the hiring manager that violence is more of a "when" situation rather than an "if" situation. No worker has been seriously injured, but pretty much all of them have experienced bumps and bruises. The support staff to patient ratio is 3:1. Once a resident is stabilized, they are transitioned to another unlocked unit. I would be cross-trained for both units.
Is this this a safe ratio? What are some steps I can take to reduce my risk for injury? I am a bit on the small side in stature as well. Should this factor in to my decision? Is this too hardcore for my first job in the field?
I'm looking forward to staff meetings, discussing patient progress, learning more about different disorders, and observing DBT in action. There is a lot I can gain from this experience. I feel like I have what it takes to handle the environment.
Also, I can be foolish sometimes!
Any thoughts? Be as honest as you like! *removes rose-colored glasses*