Soooo I'm a little bit tipsy, so this may not be terribly on topic, but I will say this --)
as a former psych patient multiple times over, both as an adolescent and young adult, I will say that I truly get all tingly inside just by reading posts such as yours, OP. Nurses who actually seem to care about interacting with patients and establishing some sort of therapeutic relationship/milieu.
I have maybe thirty inpatient hospitalizations spread over five hospitals and three states. I flew under the radar for the most part -- never got much staff attention in general because I didn't act out, get violent, etc. So that may have had something to do with my experiences.
But I do have memories of exactly *two* nurses from all of my stays, months of inpatient. I remember them clearly and fondly and can affirm with certainty that they helped shape the person that I am now. However, the rest of the nurses are just a blur. They literally just passed meds and, now that I'm also a nurse and know, also did a mountain of charting and care plans
. When I wasn't on meds, I could go days without physically interacting with a single nurse. So it makes me happy to hear about nurses who worry or want to know about how to interact with their patients because this is so...against what I experienced as a patient, in general.