The Psychiatric Nursing Profession...a thread to begin learning about it

  1. I wish to give credit were credit is due....Thanks, danu3, for locating this website, which will be very helpful to members who have questions as to what the psychiatric nursing profession is all about.


    American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

    If other members are aware of additional websites that "promote psychiatric nursing as a profession", please post them here for our members who are still learning or may have an interest.
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 2, '08
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  3. by   mona b RN
    Thanks for the link.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from thunderwolf
    i wish to give credit were credit is due....thanks, danu3, for locating this website, which will be very helpful to members who have questions as to what the psychiatric nursing profession is all about.


    apna link


    if other members are aware of additional websites that "promote psychiatric nursing as a profession", please post them here for our members who are still learning or may have an interest.
    hello, thunderwolf,

    this link might serve a useful purpose for this thread.

    http://www.allhealthnet.com/nursing/...atric+nursing/
  5. by   Thunderwolf
    Thank you, Siri.
  6. by   ronie888
    as a newbie to this site, I am very interested in this topic. Hope to see this thread grow. Cathy
  7. by   NICUNurse2006
    Do you think it would be a mistake to go directly into psych nursing?

    Dawn
  8. by   Paramedic80
    Hey Everyone!

    I'm just entering school for nursing after a short (5yrs) career as a paramedic, I'm interested in RPN. Every job has its perks and downsides, I'm generally interested on how being an RPN has affected your life in a positive and negative way whether you deal strictly in mental health, persay, addictions or forensics..etc.

    I've looked at a number of websites so I'm now just looking for personal experiences/opinions.

    Thank-you all so very much

    Paramedic80
  9. by   Thunderwolf
    Quote from NICUNurse2006
    Do you think it would be a mistake to go directly into psych nursing?

    Dawn
    There are various thoughts about this. I encourage you to read the threads already posted. It has been discussed.
    Last edit by Thunderwolf on Mar 11, '06
  10. by   Thunderwolf
    My friend...this is exactly what we discuss on the board. The ups, the downs, the advantages, the disadvantages, the successes, the failures. Spend some time reading in the forums....you will get your answers. Most, if not all, speak from their own experiences.

    Wish you the best.

    Quote from Paramedic80
    Hey Everyone!

    I'm just entering school for nursing after a short (5yrs) career as a paramedic, I'm interested in RPN. Every job has its perks and downsides, I'm generally interested on how being an RPN has affected your life in a positive and negative way whether you deal strictly in mental health, persay, addictions or forensics..etc.

    I've looked at a number of websites so I'm now just looking for personal experiences/opinions.

    Thank-you all so very much

    Paramedic80
  11. by   rn/writer
    Quote from NICUNurse2006
    Do you think it would be a mistake to go directly into psych nursing?

    Dawn
    It depends on what you want to do overall.

    It used to be that you had to have one solid year of med/surg to be able to look at anything fun like CCU, ICU, NICU, etc. There are exceptions to that now, but they involve more medical focus, not less.

    Psych is a whole 'nother animal from most nursing specialties. You learn a completely different kind of assessment and there is a limited emphasis on the medical side of things. Mostly meds, side effects, interactions, EPS, and the like.

    There is a medical component to caring for eating disorder patients, bipolar patients, AODA patients, etc., but it's a means to an end and not an end in itself. Think of the reverse situation. A cardiac patient might need a psych consult to deal with depression, but that's maybe 10% of their care. A psych patient may need a medical attention to such matters as a tube feeding for an eating disorder patient or lab draws to monitor the liver function of someone on Depakote or managing withdrawal for a detox patient, but the main focus for your patients will be the mental/psycho-social/emotional realm.

    The low level of medical emphasis doesn't reduce your need for med/surg background (or at least, med background). Because you'll have less exposure to medical situations on a psych unit, I think you actually need to have a stronger background. The nurses I worked with were all a bit concerned that their skills were starting to suffer after a few years on the unit. The ones who fared best when they wanted to go back to a more medical setting were the ones who had the best med/surg foundation.

    The reality is that psych tends to burn people out, at least temporarily. Some nurses take breaks and come back. Some reach their limit and move to a completely different field. Many hospitals refuse to even look at nurses who don't have that magic year in med/surg.

    I did all right with just six months, but I also had years of assessment experience as an EMT, and I took a two month refresher course to re-tool my thinking.

    Maybe you can contact hospitals in your area and see how they would react to a nurse who wanted to get back into a medical area if she has only psych background.

    I wish you well.
  12. by   nurstobe
    Hello,

    I am currently in my Psychiatric rotation in Nursing School and it is pretty interesting I must say! We have to do a presentation type of activity for the clients, which is to consist of some type of therapeutic game or activity and I have been trying to come up with something that they would enjoy, but need a little help. Does anyone have any ideas? Maybe some of you had to do this type of project and found something great to do, if so could you share your ideas with me, I would really appreciate a hand on getting my brain pumping with more ideas. Hope to here from you.

    Nurstobe
  13. by   crb613
    Quote from nurstobe
    Hello,

    I am currently in my Psychiatric rotation in Nursing School and it is pretty interesting I must say! We have to do a presentation type of activity for the clients, which is to consist of some type of therapeutic game or activity and I have been trying to come up with something that they would enjoy, but need a little help. Does anyone have any ideas? Maybe some of you had to do this type of project and found something great to do, if so could you share your ideas with me, I would really appreciate a hand on getting my brain pumping with more ideas. Hope to here from you.

    Nurstobe
    We did a game copying bingo...took all the meds that most of the people on the unit were taking. Made a bingo board w/drug names in the spaces. Then put all of these drug names into a bag, and pull them out. If you have that name on your board you get that block/space. When you name the drug you give anyone that wants to a chance to tell you what it is/how it works or makes them feel. I was amazed...most know their meds. It was a good learning tool for everyone, and they enjoyed it. We used sugar free treats for all when it was over....so no loosers. Hope that helps you.
  14. by   transducen
    Is the salary the same as other nurses? Salary.com come says they earn less.

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