what are some personality traits that make a good psych nurse?
how do you pick out the good psych nurse from the average floor nurse?
complete the sentence: you know you're a psych nurse when...
also, as a psych nurse, does it help to be the artsy, in touch with your feelings, emotional type? or is it better to be the opposite? or somewhere in between?
in other words, is it better to be a little crazy among the crazies? or to be well grounded mentally, emotionally, and resistant to the craziness around you?
I think it helps to be able to drink the kool-aid sometimes. You know, jump on the boat or the crazy train and accept things that you wouldn't normally accept outside of the psych ward. I don't know of any better way to explain it. Tolerance and acceptance, I suppose.
As far as personal madness, I'm mentally ill myself but stable and grounded most of the time. I check my baggage at the door. I set strong boundaries with patients. It helps to be in touch with your feelings in situations of transference or counter-transference, and in having patients that push your buttons and knowing not to push back.
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Jul 8, '12
Quote from elkpark
I've known (worked with) some very "artsy" and cultured individuals who were terrible psych nurses (did more harm than good at work).
yes! this is what i wanted to know! i didn't want to make the mistake of thinking i could do psych simply because "i like art blah blah blah". thank you for the honest feedback! i think you're right, that flexibility, adaptability, and a cool head are more important attributes to have.
Quote from Meriwhen
I had a freshly-arrived patient who would spend most of his day on the patio talking to the crows.
personifying and talking to an animal when you're agitated? what's crazy about that? i'm sure everyone that has a pet does this...
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