What is psych nursing really like??? - page 2

I've been an RN for 3 years and have worked med/surg-tele, ICU, and ER. I'm now thinking of making a move to psych because I can honestly say that I hate traditional bedside nursing. 1) I am... Read More

  1. Visit  mclennan profile page
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    You sure have a narrow view of what is NOT bedside nursing, your list is so short!

    Informatics
    Research
    Case management
    Doctors office
    Ambulatory/clinic
    Home health
    Workers comp
    Telehealth
  2. Visit  NurseRies profile page
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    Quote from ifhn10
    Thanks again guys. I actually shadowed someone in the psych unit a couple of days ago and I quickly realized that psych is definitely not for me. I left within two hours of arriving. The place feels like a prison and the patients are beyond annoying, disgusting, and absolutely coo-coo for coco puffs (duh). Not my cup of tea.
    Maybe I'm biased here, but seriously, maybe try a dialysis clinic! I never once cleaned up bodily fluids other then blood, and occasionally someone threw up, but they usually offered to help clean it up. These people are mostly ambulatory. It can be a fun environment. Again though, some walk in and absolutely hate it. Are you sure you aren't just burnt out on patients in general? All patients are going to ask you to fetch them some ice water or scratch their back sometimes.. You're a nurse! Maybe you would be better behind the scenes for a while. Education, administration, what about surgery? You probably don't have to interact with patients to often there. I hope you find something!
  3. Visit  Nurse.Steph. profile page
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    As others said, what did you expect when you went onto the psych unit? Calling those pts disgusting and annoying is pretty brutal. Standard nurse to pt contact clearly isn't one of your strengths if you can't be empathetic to the suffering these people go through. Go into education or find a desk job if you have no compassion for the sick, be it physical or mental illness.
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  4. Visit  Psych RN-BC profile page
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    Quote from Nurse.Steph.
    As others said, what did you expect when you went onto the psych unit? Calling those pts disgusting and annoying is pretty brutal. Standard nurse to pt contact clearly isn't one of your strengths if you can't be empathetic to the suffering these people go through.

    Agreed Nurse.Steph. These were some pretty brutal statements. A psych pt has a very hard life to cope with and are deserving of respect.
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  5. Visit  wiggingout profile page
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    yikes,

    i typically can't stand people on here calling out others for going into nursing for a particular reason (e.g. "Shame on you for becoming a nurse for any reason other that it's your one true passion).

    I think it's perfectly fine to enter the field for more practical reasons (e.g. money, time, job security)...

    ...but, based off of your last comment, please leave any and all direct-care nursing. Do it, now. You have zero compassion. Really, you'd probably get along much better with computers.
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  6. Visit  ifhn10 profile page
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    Zero. I hate them all. Lol.

    To answer everyone's question, nursing was a quick 3 semester answer to this horrible economy. It's a temporary career detour if you will.

    Now I'm really gonna get it from all the randy nurses... lol
  7. Visit  GeneralJinjur profile page
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    So if you are burned on patient contact, how about some back office paper-pushing utilization/review type job? You need the RN license to do it, but you don't deal with needy pts, just insurance company reps. Or get certified in medical coding. One of our medical records people was waxing poetic about doing that when I got injured and was stuck in her office on "light duty". The money is about the same. She was so enthusiastic about it that I didn't tell her I would rather clean all the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with my tongue. I think your three semester solution has other possibilities and you should keep looking until you find one that fits you.
    Last edit by GeneralJinjur on Mar 15, '13 : Reason: Chrome is not recognizing paragraph breaks
  8. Visit  Msmedic68w profile page
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    Quote from ifhn10
    Zero. I hate them all. Lol.

    To answer everyone's question, nursing was a quick 3 semester answer to this horrible economy. It's a temporary career detour if you will.

    Now I'm really gonna get it from all the randy nurses... lol
    well if that's how you really feel I hope for the patients sake you don't let on that you're disgruntled.
  9. Visit  trstn profile page
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    Wow.. Pretty depressing to hear that they let people with that attitude anywhere near patients. Absolutely zero empathy. Definitely look for a desk job ASAP.
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  10. Visit  MrsMig profile page
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    Quote from ifhn10
    Zero. I hate them all. Lol.

    To answer everyone's question, nursing was a quick 3 semester answer to this horrible economy. It's a temporary career detour if you will.

    Now I'm really gonna get it from all the randy nurses... lol
    You're just a pot stirrer ... Of course no one will give you accolades for that disgusting comment. Your a disgrace to my profession... But that's what you wanted to hear, right?
    designer-mommy, SC-RN, and edie1 like this.
  11. Visit  MrsMig profile page
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    Quote from Nurse.Steph.
    As others said, what did you expect when you went onto the psych unit? Calling those pts disgusting and annoying is pretty brutal. Standard nurse to pt contact clearly isn't one of your strengths if you can't be empathetic to the suffering these people go through. Go into education or find a desk job if you have no compassion for the sick, be it physical or mental illness.
    Amen... Lets hope she heeds your advice!!
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  12. Visit  ifhn10 profile page
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    Quote from MrsMig

    Amen... Lets hope she heeds your advice!!
    LMAO! Yes, your "profession." Please, what a joke...

    Oh, and I'm not a "she"

    BTW, stop taking yourself so damn seriously. I may really only care about my paycheck, but I know my stuff, put on a fake smile, and take good care of my patients. Many even request me as their nurse once I've had them. Little do they know... Lol.
    Last edit by ifhn10 on Mar 30, '13
  13. Visit  edie1 profile page
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    ifhn10 you really need help - what would you rather be doing than saving the world one person at a time .
    Last edit by edie1 on Mar 30, '13


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