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  1. ANCC Mental Health Nurse Certification
    Yes, they give you a print out when you check out. Good luck and let us know!! I recall some theory but a lot on ABC's and as a mental health nurse, safety is right up there.
    Oct 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Voluntary vs Involuntary Admission on Psych Unit
    There is one thing I wish my pts were told before they signed voluntary; the AMA process. Most think that they came in voluntarily and should be able to sign out just as quickly. Most get so...
    Aug 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Do you chart lies?
    If I have a pt is restraints, they are on a 1:1. I work in acute mental health and we use 4 points not those nice soft padded ones. I also make sure to perform ROM q hr. As far as my CIWA pts go,...
    Aug 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. ANCC Mental Health Nurse Certification
    I took the test a few months back. They reviewed my info in less than a week. It was fast and seemed to take less time than it took me to get it all together :) I posted about passing in another...
    Aug 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Did anyone find that their previous degree was harder that nursing school?
    I was on the wait list for the RN program at the local tech school and decided to get a BA in Health Care Admin at a private college while waiting. I did very well in the BA and thought I it would...
    Aug 25
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  6. Drug testing in the work force
    It's important in any field. They should randomly test anyone as often as they feel like it. Kind of don't have much of a choice if your employer wants it and you want to get/keep your job.
    Aug 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. CNA before nursing
    I'm not sure if the thinking behind needing to become a CNA is really as thought out in real life as it looks on paper. I was a CNA for many years before becoming a nurse. The experience really...
    Aug 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. What's Next
    I think by your post that giving up just isn't for you. Whether you can see it or not, you are a fighter. I have learned that just because we think that we are ready doesn't mean that the rest of...
    May 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Dear Nurses, I desperately need your help
    I'm also in WI and can tell you that you should be able to find work. There are many hospitals that are going for BSN students, which makes sense in this market. I too am a ADN and was able to find...
    May 2
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  10. Orientee Horror Stories?
    [QUOTE=dudette10;7873582]t They are not doing basic nursing care, such as heel protectors, getting patients up to chair for meals, figuring they can forgo SCDs on bedbound pts who are on heparin,...
    Apr 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Would you be insulted by this?
    I would feel insulted but not surprised. I certainly wouldn't buy one even if they donated the money. I make donations yearly to foundations that are important to me. Guess I'd rather they...
    Apr 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Outpatient Psych & Medical
    I really like this idea! I think it makes following the pt so much better for the pt and the staff. Considering the close relationship of physical and mental health. We do not do this at the...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. What if
    I would have looked in becoming a psychologist for sure.
    Apr 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Passed My ANCC Certification :)
    I used the PMHN Exam Secrets Study Guide by Mometrix. I'm not a good studier so I found this book very helpful. Cuts out the fluff and has some common sense tips at the end that really helped me to...
    Apr 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Calling in sick
    Thank you for not going in and spreading it to everyone! I try to run away from my coworkers who come into work and tell me how sick they are. Go home, stay home! Be well.
    Apr 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. drug/alcohol pt questions
    We use CIWA for ETOH and for long term alcoholics that are withdrawing, we often use a librium taper. Other than that, we rarely have scheduled Ativan, only if the pt scores high enough. We...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Passed My ANCC Certification :)
    Just wanted to give a shout out to all that I took and passed the ANCC Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse exam! I have earned the right to put RN-BC behind my signature.
    Apr 12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  18. Am I doing something wrong?
    I used to have a pt that had injections with the same result no matter who did the IM. The doctor finally had to switch meds because it was a reaction. I would give in the gluteal though and see if...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. how to get certified as a psychiatric RN
    When you do go for CEU's, make sure the ANCC approves the course before you pay $$. The CEU's are not too time consuming or expensive, but I didn't check to make sure the first few I took were...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Psych nursing is easy
    Easy it is not! OP, you have it good! I rarely see a 30 minute lunch. Between putting out the small fires before they become blazing infernos, the charting, the admits, the more charting, the...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. Occurence reporting to punish other nurses
    I would rather fix the mistake than write it up. I've seen many nurses take to writing incidents up but it never seems to occur to them to just fix the error if you can. I'm guess I'm kind of old...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Constant worries about getting reported to BON one day
    I took a course about charting to keep you out of the courtroom. I also always use the CYA approach. I refuse to live my life playing the 'what if' game. Do your best, don't lie, and don't divert...
    Mar 31
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. I feel like an illegitimate nurse
    Well go ahead and be happy doing something it sounds like you like to do! My first job was psych and I felt somewhat the same. No iv's, a few caths but not many, no serious physical stuff. Part...
    Mar 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class
    Ummm notecards? You simply can't memorize all of the psych meds. I've been a mental health nurse for about 5yrs and I haven't memorized all of them. Not even close. Break it up maybe into groups:...
    Feb 7
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  25. Patient on patient abuse?
    I was just wondering if you are able to use ambs or 4pnts? If not, how do you gain any resemblance of safety on your floor once pts get into it with each other? They can't just battle it out until...
    Feb 7
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing


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