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  1. alternative to trauma shears?
    Found it! Here it is: S-CUT - The Emergency Cutting Tool for Rescue Services It's called the S-cut. "S-CUT replaces scissors, knifes and similar tools. Ordinary fabrics as well as leather belts,...
    Feb 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Patient on patient abuse?
    All residents have the right to be safe and free from harassment. To say that this is baseline and do nothing about it is negligence on the part of the management towards the "non-bully" residents. ...
    Feb 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Are bras contraband?
    I know of a patient who hung herself with a sweater. You can't take everything away. Especially things like bras which affect a patient's dignity so much. The best protective factor is connection.
    Feb 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. What are so suggestions for combating depression and anxiety
    Read this book, and really use it: The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression, Second Edition: Mary Ellen Copeland, Matthew McKay: 9781572242685: Amazon.com:...
    Feb 1
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. alternative to trauma shears?
    What do you have on your unit to cut down a patient who has attempted suicide by hanging? Regular trauma shears? Rescue hook like a seatbelt cutter? Or something more specialized? I worked at a...
    Feb 1
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. New grad psych nurse... need some advice
    Manual skills are a use-it-or-lose-it kind of thing. Med-surg nurses don't remember their labor and delivery skills, or any other skills they don't use often. Like so many people have already said,...
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. psych nursing and lunches
    We don't clock out for lunch - it is assumed that we will take a 30-minute unpaid lunch break and so we get paid for 8 hours of a 8 1/2 hour shift. The culture of our unit is such that people take...
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  8. Best practice ideas for handling delusions...?
    I found this article by Richard Lakeman at work and I think it's very helpful: View a PDF Here's an excerpt from the introduction to his article: "One of the most perplexing interpersonal...
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. How do you talk to patients with weight issues?
    This is such a sensitive topic that it's not one that is fruitful to discuss until the patient is ready and brings it up. So what I usually do is start talking in a general way about constructing a...
    May 5, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. What to do after a rough shift?
    My poor husband... gets an earful! :)
    May 5, '13
    Forum: About A Nurse - Cartoon Series
  11. sunlight and nightshift
    I sleep in a completely quiet and totally dark room, thanks to my husband's ingenuity with thick black trash bags and duct tape! What doesn't work though is weekends or holidays when my husband...
    May 5, '13
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  12. Depressed night shift worker
    Well, I would love to work a few nights in a row. I am never scheduled for more than two 8-hour nights in a row, and let me tell you, the constant flipping back and forth is absolute torture. I NEVER...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  13. sunlight and nightshift
    Reading this thread reminds me - we use lightboxes on our (inpt. psych) unit for some of our patients. Maybe I could ask if I could use one of them while I am charting! And thanks for the...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  14. A question for night shift psych nurses  do you limit PRNs...
    I think what I am most uncomfortable with is giving out benzo-antipsychotic combinations just to help someone sleep. I'd much rather give out antihistamines for sleep, like Benadryl or Vistaril,...
    Apr 6, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Evidenced Based Paper
    So many topics, so little time! Implementing evidence-based best practices for trauma-informed care on the inpatient psych unit Correlation between depression and diabetes and the implications for...
    Mar 5, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. A question for night shift psych nurses  do you limit PRNs...
    And in case you're wondering what my objections are to handing patients whatever PRNs they request, it's really not about being controlling or anything like that. I am uncomfortable with it because...
    Mar 5, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. A question for night shift psych nurses  do you limit PRNs...
    Do you limit PRNs to what they are prescribed for or do you give patients what they are asking for as long as it's safe to do so? I am a fairly new nurse (a little over a year) and I am the med...
    Mar 5, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  18. When to run?
    Normally I'd say yes, exactly. But today a schizophrenic patient who is normally very pleasant and with whom I thought I had a very good relationship suddenly got really irritable with me. All I said...
    Feb 25, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. When to run?
    When someone is about to attack, I don't know that there would be time to run. The psych nurses I know who were attacked and injured were very experienced psych nurses and even they never saw it...
    Feb 25, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. What is a Psych Nurse's daily routine?
    Yes, a psych unit is very different from a medical unit. How much orientation will you get? What shift will you be working? What the daily routine looks like varies from unit to unit but also...
    Jul 23, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. What are your thoughts on patients who request no male nurses taking care of them?
    the issue may be beyond that of mere "modesty". we need to bear in mind the needs of abuse survivors even if the patient has not identified a hx of abuse. if we are to provide "trauma-informed care",...
    Jun 26, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  22. Handover information
    Not entirely clear as to what you are asking. Can you say more? In general, I've found that report starts with an overview covering such information as: Census, Capacity, Discharges - completed...
    Jun 22, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. dilemma regarding antipsychotics
    I once asked a doctor why a particular patient was on an antipsychotic when he had no sxs of psychosis, just severe depression. He said it was because the insurance companies wanted them out so fast...
    Jun 2, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. dilemma regarding antipsychotics
    I don't necessarily agree. Before I even considered nursing as a career, I had an experience as a patient that has really stayed with me. I had spent years using nothing but alternative healing and...
    Jun 2, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. To resign early or risk getting fired?
    It's not about "pasting on a smile". A smile is simply an external manifestation of an internal attitude and orientation to other people. A positive attitude towards our work and towards life in...
    Jun 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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