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  1. Any PEDS Emergency Psychiatry Nurses out there?
    I am going to be working the psych pod in the ED one night per week but I think it's peds andadults. I've never seen a ddedicated peds psych pod. I've worked inpt c&a psych though and I love it. ...
    Dec 7
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Emergency Psychiatric Medications
    I've never seen PO Geodon used is an emergency. Lots of patients take PO Geodon as a regular scheduled med. Its a great mood stabilizer, weight neutral but yeah the prolonged QT thing. If we...
    Dec 7
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Children's psych...
    In addition to the "mom with 24 really bad kids" thing just know that in psych, if you are going to be hit, kicked, bit, or spit on, 9 times out of 10 it's going to he by a child. And I'm talking...
    Dec 6
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. Advice from psych nurses
    I second Al Anon, of not for you, for your spouse. The behavior this "friend" of your spouse is exhibiting is classic addict behavior and I am sure if this person is causing your spouse such grief,...
    Nov 29
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Which Scrubs Look Professional?
    I have the Lindsey pants in 4 colors. I love them, tons of pockets and look plenty professional. They are also very comfortable. The waist is drawstring/elastic. The only thing of note is that...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  6. Working as a Psych Nurse as a new grad RN?
    You sound a lot like me in nursing school LOL! Felt like a deer in headlights in med/surg but got to psych rotation and thought, "ahhhhh". LOL! I went straight into psych almost 3 years ago as a...
    Nov 22
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. What color are your scrubs?
    At my new job, nurses wear navy, techs wear teal. At my last job you could wear street clothes (business casual) or scrubs of your choice. I had so many cute patterned tops that I have had to put...
    Nov 18
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  8. Thank you
    Yep detachment, detachment, detachment. A phrase I like when other people try to suck me*into their drama is "not my circus, not my monkeys". Not very easy to do. I have learned this not only in...
    Nov 11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. To lock or not to lock the rooms
    At the facility I just left (not sure my new units policy) the only way you could lock a patient out of their room was with a doctor's order and that was only if the patient was failing to stabilize...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Thank you
    Speedy recovery Viva! I have to say the reason I became a nurse (and a psych nurse at that) is the care I received as a patient. As nurses, we tend to put others first in every area in our lives. ...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. sustenna IM for schizophrenia can we massage the site?
    I don't know the answer yes or no definitively, I would hesitate to massage the site for Sustenna or Consta. They are designed to deliver Tue med over 4 weeks for Sustenna and 2 weeks for Consta. I...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  12. Child Psych vs Adult Psych. Which is more demanding?
    This. I once asked one of our docs, "seriously Dr. D, can you just tell Jimmys mom that she's a terrible mother?" Plus I have found that 9 times out of 10, if I'm going to get hit, kicked, bit,...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Jacksonville university RN to BSN online
    I took some time off and just started back this session. I am taking nutrition and Holistic Nursing. Both seem pretty interesting but this nutrition class is going to be A LOT of work. I too took...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  14. When you are the patient and know way too much LOL
    Glad to know that I'm not the only one who has driven myself over the edge. I had an episode with my dad this week, he was pulling a ride on mower down some ramps off the hack of a cargo van. The...
    Jun 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. When you are the patient and know way too much LOL
    So I went for my first set of four (yes FOUR, I'm allergic to everything) shots today. Years ago, it would have been the needles that made me green around the gills (I had a huge needlephobia...
    Jun 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Decompressing - HELP - 23 yo RN in distress! LOL
    I will second making sure you are attending to your own self care. If writing your thoughts down helps, try journalling (leaving out identifying pt info of course). On your off time, do things YOU...
    Jun 17
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Networking for ACT/CTT?
    You need a program manager or someone who's job it is to do intakes. You guys are lucky to have a car. We had to use our own personal vehicles (reimbursed for mileage). That was fun the summer a...
    Jun 17
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  18. Networking for ACT/CTT?
    It seems that this forum is heavily crisis stabilization/inpatient, and the public health nursing forum is heavily medical. As a community-based psych nurse, I'm desperate for a little networking and...
    Jun 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. How do you emotionally deal with this?
    It is difficult for sure to hear some of these horrific stories or know that you will see that kid again because all the work you put into him/her will just be undone by their crappy caregivers. You...
    May 19
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Stand alone psychiatric facilities
    Just........wow. Let me know if you feel the same way after working at this facility for 6 months. Do not kid yourself into thinking there is " no skilled nursing" in psych. Especially if you are...
    May 19
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. benzo use in hospital
    If the person is fairly benzo naive (as, doesn't take them often/at all) outside Tue hospital, I highly doubt they would have a serious w/d problem. If they are taking them at home in all likelihood...
    May 19
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. What are some typical things you do as a Psychiatric Nurse
    I think in this instance "hyper religious" would refer to a pt who is religiously preoccupied or having religious delusions/hallucinations (ie, "I am Jesus Christ", or "I see angels and demons...
    Mar 26
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. New grad hired in another specialty but psych is first love
    Yep. Get your year or two on your floor now and then find a psych job. It will help you SO much because psych pts VERY often have a number of medical problems. And you will encounter psych pts in...
    Feb 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Are seclusion/isolation rooms considered a restraint?
    Usually with the kids (its usually the kids that are using the quiet rooms) we ask them to sit on the mattress and give them an expectation (something short like 5 or 10) minutes of being calm, then...
    Feb 24
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. How would you deal with a patient who looks disoriented and clumsy?
    All that above and your real biggest issue would be making sure they are on fall precautions. With confused/sedated/lethargic people (which a lot of the meds do, esp if someone has psychosis on top...
    Feb 24
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing


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