My first psych nurse interview was an amazing experience. It was at Four Winds Hospital Westchester where the mass majority are therapeutic patients but 90% are suicidal. Only once in a while they get a higher level psych patient.
It made me question the role of a nurse who works with psych patients. While a psych does use diffusion skills, medication administration, conflict resolution and such....but in a place where a nurse's words are his/her most powerful tools, how do you know the right things to say? The right moments to listen?
As a new grad nurse (my psych rotation was terrible), I am baffled on how to begin growing as a psych nurse. How does one treat patients? Act like they have no problem until they speak of it?
Seeing the young adult women only dorm house, they are similar ages as me but what could have possibly led them to terminate their life? What could have possibly led young children to try committing suicide (I'm sure bullying is a factor). Can I really comprehend and support these children, adolescents, and adults? How can I even begin to help them?
The experience just really led me to question myself and ask questions. I'm asking the community to help me since I have no one to ask these questions.