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  1. Homeless working the system, multiple admissions
    Are you suggesting that the hospital needs to find housing for the people who have completed treatment? I have run across people who are definitely gaming the system. One in particular, white male...
    Dec 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Psychiatric patients and nurses have similar issues?
    During my time working in mental health I worked with several nurses with significant psychiatric issues. One coworker attempted suicide, and another definitely had delusional thought. Another...
    Dec 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Drug-seeking in prison?  Rx narcotics?
    The only time we give out narcotics is postoperatively if an inmate has surgery, and only while in the infirmary. These are normally limited to 48-72 hours. We don't hand any narcotics out the window...
    Dec 8
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  4. Sick Call costs
    We charge $8 for a sick call visit and nothing for medications. When I started with my agency it was $4 per visit and $4 per medication. If an injury is self-inflicted or is the result of an...
    Dec 8
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  5. Nursing Behind the Wall
    I went into correctional nursing about 13 years ago. Ironically, I had worked in corrections in a number of other capacities, and my original goal in going to nursing school was to get out of...
    Oct 1
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  6. Saving Lives, 1 cup of Gatorade at a Time!
    A few come to mind, from my days working the yard at a male medium-security state prison. The first we received a man down call on due to abdominal pain. When I reached the unit this inmate was in...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  7. Shady Nursing School Abruptly Closes Its Doors
    These schools pop up to take advantage of easily-obtainable student loans. They remind me of the places that existed in the 1960s and '70s where supposedly you just had to mail a check in and get an...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Nursing News
  8. New Grad going into Mental Health??
    I can only speak from personal experience. I went straight from nursing school into a mental health nursing job. I worked for a facility that was closed by the parent company. I couldn't buy an...
    Aug 6
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. floating medications in water to administer
    This seems like a considerable overreaction. Your administration may also not realize that this does not stop the trading/selling of medication. Inmates just hold the water in their mouths, go around...
    Aug 6
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  10. Best Mispronunciation?
    My father used to say that my mother was "menustrating".
    Aug 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. How do you deal with the confinement?
    I was thinking about this last week. I have only had maybe three or four jobs in my life where I wasn't locked up in some fashion. It has just become part of the environment. Almost all of my working...
    Jul 29
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  12. Inmate, Detainee, Patient???
    Ours are referenced as inmates throughout our administrative regulations and medical directives. The terminology is less important than the content, as long as people understand what you mean.
    Jul 29
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  13. Father of a nursing student needs advice
    I graduated during a time of nursing surplus. I sent out letters and resumes to every hospital in my area. I was granted an interview about six weeks before graduation, and I had a job offer in hand...
    Mar 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Any thoughts on Kindred Hospital?
    I have not worked for Kindred either, but I know a number of people who have. They have a very poor reputation in my area, both for the care they deliver and how they treat employees.
    Mar 25
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  15. Health Services Administrator
    You aren't going to know the answer to that until you know what the specific issues are. Most such places have staffing issues. We have hired a lot of nurses who are leaving contracted companies in...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  16. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    No, but it seems like a large number of - shall we say, "unique" - personalities hire on in mental health units - like the LPN who sprinkled salt on the windowsill to keep the evil spirits out of a...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  17. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    One thing I learned very early as a psychiatric nurse: Not all of the nut cases are on the other side of the desk.
    Mar 24
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  18. Prospective employee's psych hx
    I worked for an inpatient hospital adult mental health unit. The way our insurance was set up, if an employee used our hospital a service was covered 100 percent, but if you went to another hospital...
    Mar 24
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  19. New NM need advice
    HouTx gives you some excellent advice. I am a correctional DON. I came into a facility that was known systemwide as a place to avoid. When I accepted the job, three people openly questioned my...
    Mar 6
    Forum: Nurse Management
  20. New graduate RN with OH correctional facility job offering. Seeking advice!
    My honest opinion is that correctional nursing is not a good spot for a new graduate. It requires a degree of independence that a new graduate cannot have. My agency does not hire new grads. That...
    Mar 5
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  21. A delicate issue
    I have an issue that I am unsure of the best way to approach. I have a number of nurses on my staff who are not native English speakers. We have had a turnover in providers, and our new providers...
    Jan 15
    Forum: Nurse Management
  22. Why is it so hard for psyc nurses to tranfer to another unit.
    You get very little chance to practice clinical skills on a mental health unit. I did six IV starts in four years. An ER or ICU nurse might exceed that in one shift. There is a perception, sometimes...
    Jan 15
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. The average time Nurse Managers spend in meetings is 38 hours per week.
    Thankfully, my routine meeting schedule is not nearly that heavy. I have a monthly staff meeting that runs about an hour on average, a monthly DON meeting that runs for about three hours, and a...
    Jan 9
    Forum: Nurse Management
  24. worked for one month after graduating
    The standard they have set seems unreasonable. Most places offer a minimum 4-6 weeks of orientation. Expecting you to function like an experienced RN after less than two weeks on the floor is over...
    Jan 9
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  25. A little anxiety applying for Nursing school as an older male
    I was 40 when I finished school, and a couple of my classmates were well into their fifties. You can still have a lengthy career in the field entering at your age.
    Jan 9
    Forum: Men in Nursing


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