I have applied to a facility for adolescents. I come from a background of peds private duty. Some of those pts had psych issues, but I have no experience with pts in a facility. What is a typical day like? What is a normal staffing ratio? What are typical shifts? What red flags should I look for if I get an interview? I've been searching the threads on here and haven't found many answers. I saw one about dress code. What should I expect for dress code? Do most facilities give lots of training on de-escalating situations and how to protect the pt and myself in a violent situation? Is there a high turnover? What is pay like? Benefits? I'm in NC. Thanks!
Oct 7, '12
I started out in adolescent psych and I LOVED it. I work in a fantastic facility with great staff training, so I feel very comfortable there. As for adolescent psych...think of a crowded high school hallway. Lots of different things going on at once - mood swings, temper tantrums, whatever you want to call it, drama is pretty rampant on adolescent psych wards. As long as you have enough staff (I work on a floor where there are usually 2 RN's and 2-3 MHC's to 15 patients during the day) and their training is thorough, it is an excellent job. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
Oct 8, '12
Thanks! The comparison to high school makes sense. Still waiting to hear back from the hospital.