Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Psych Patients - page 2

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Psych Patient? Whenever I tell people I use to be a psych nurse, I usually get one of two reactions. “That’s so interesting—tell me more.” Or, far more often—“Yikes! Psych freaks me out. I... Read More


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    Great article. I tech on an acute psych unit and I love where I work. Most of my patients are people who you would never pass on the street and know they are a "psych patient." These are people who are willing to recognize that they need help, they are depressed, they are down on their luck, fighting personal demons or are fighting substance abuse. It can be frustrating yet the small victories are savored.

    I also remind my classmates that psych patients are everywhere, not just on a psych unit, so it is good to understand some basics of psych nursing and to have some compassion.
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    Fantastic article! As someone who's been diagnosed with a psychological disorder and hopes one day soon to become a nurse, I actually really want to work in a psych ward. (At least I'd be putting my BA in psych to use, then...) As LuckyinKY pointed out, there are 'psych-ward-worthy' people just like me functioning just fine all around you. Having compassion is so important.
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    I enjoyed my psychiatric nursing experiences. Validating somatic issues is fairly easy, but psych issues are based solely on observation of behavior.. a skill for sure.

    I was assaulted by a psych patient when the mental health workers dropped the ball, family does not want me to return to that area or nursing.

    I would strongly suggest it for nurses who are empathetic and feel strong enough in their skills to manage the psych patient.

    P.S. stay @ least 15 feet away from the psychotic ones
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    Thank you so much for posting this valuable article! I appreciate the perspective you gave on treating and managing psychiatric patients!
    I currently am employed in a correctional payshiatric facility. I love it! I cannot imagine working anywhere else. Just as you said, my patients are just like anyone else, they recognize when they are not feeling well and will voice their problems, sometime they just need to spek to someone, or they need to have the nurse ask the questions to get them to open up.
    I really wish there would be more psychiatric nursing covered in nursing classes!
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    Great article! I remember when I did my psych rotation in school, my instructor was impressed that I could talk to the patients so easily. My reaction was "yeah? I've been around these people my whole life." There are actually very few mental illnesses I haven't dealt with in my personal life with either family or friends. I don't know anyone with diagnosed personality disorders (though I know a few who I'm pretty sure have undiagnosed ones) but I can't even count the number of people I know with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar, etc. And, as the author points out very eloquently, most of these people you could talk to/know and never realize it unless they told you.
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    Beautifully written article! I remember that I was SO afraid to walk into my first day of psych clinical rotations. I chose to go out of my comfort zone and chose the acute ward with people fresh off the street and not so stable. The first day, I hid not only behind the large desk and out of the way but behind the nurses that worked on the unit. As the days in clinical progressed, I was able to have numerous conversations with several of the patients, be involved in their activities and groups and really started to open my mind and learned about the lives of these patients. Most of those people lived through things that I could never imagine. I hope to always keep the lessons I learned from these wonderful patients with me as I move forward in my career!
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    Very well written with lots of good information. Thanks for sharing. There does need to be more education in nursing on our psych patients because so many of our "regular" patients have huge psych issues.
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    Great article that sheds a lot of light on an often overlook specialty. Thanks for broadening my perspective - I will keep this in mind when it's time to complete my psych clinicals =]
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    This article made the APNA's Facebook page

    Go psych nursing!
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jan 6, '12
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    Thanks for letting me know.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Jan 7, '12


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