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  1. Norwalk community college nursing program 2013
    I went to NNC for nursing back in the Stone Age, I graduated in '84. It was the best thing I could have ever done. I'm still working in Nursing as a Psych NP and this year completing my Doctorate...
    Aug 2, '12
    Forum: Connecticut Nursing
  2. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners... are there jobs available?
    Hi- The DNP is a relatively new degree, so the DNP prepared psych. nurse will, at this time, be working more typically in an APRN role. This will continue to evolve and there may be a distinct role...
    May 17, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Motivational Message
    Sounds like a nice idea, would this just be from you or from the other staff too? Be a little careful with that, some patients might misunderstand. It might be better if it were "from the Staff" -...
    Dec 14, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. First job in Psych nursing
    Sounds like you are a natural for psych. given what you said. Your original post mentioned a first job at a rehab/addictions type place. I agree "any job is a good job" but know going in that in...
    Dec 14, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Should I be concerned?
    I agree don't sweat it. Some of those questions on therapeutic communication are among the hardest. Try to find a really good review book and blast away at the questions and be sure to read the...
    Dec 14, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. First Psych Clinical
    Also, when I had my students in psych. I always advised them to quickly find out where all the games and art supplies are kept. Games are great ice breakers, even just a deck of cards. Also, as...
    Oct 17, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Are there no on campus DNP programs?
    University of Connecticut is once a month classroom and most of the rest online.:cool:
    Sep 27, '11
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student
  8. Why are we as Psych nurses seen as bottom of the barrel?
    I agree. We are the bees knees. I've helped so many people. How many people can say that? I can appreciate how tough it can be to be in a difficult inpatient setting in psych - been there and done...
    Sep 27, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. I want to be a Psych NP- Advice please!
    Psych. nursing experience is INVALUABLE both in deciding if this path is right for you and also to build a knowledge base that will serve you well as an NP in psych. The more experience in different...
    Jul 8, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Job Interview - Psychiatric Unit
    For example: "What would you do if you noticed a patient beginning to escalate on the unit?" Questions like that show you can think on your feet, a skill you will use everyday in psych. Good luck?...
    Jun 23, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. NP Certification Renewal for those who are dual certified in different specialties...
    HI I did pursue dually boarding FNP/then PMHNP. It was a really good way for me to go. I completed the FNP first, then did the psych. It involved 6 clinical placements, which was a lot of time. ...
    Apr 20, '11
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  12. Pharmacology for Bipolar Dxo
    Agree with above posters. Often adding an anti-depressant can activate (encourage hypomania/mania) in someone with bipolar. Others with bipolar seem to need an anti-depressant, but I am not 100%...
    Feb 10, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Any happy psych nurses?
    I was always very happy being a psych. nurse. Never really minded going to work. I felt I could really help people, and I did on a daily basis. Now that I am a PMHNP and completing a DNP, I still...
    Feb 10, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  14. What do Mental Health NP's do?
    I agree with the above 2 posters. There are many different practice sites and philosophies of treatment. I typically do a great deal of medication management ("Throwing meds - NOT!") In fact I...
    Feb 10, '11
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  15. Psych Nursing vs. Occupational Therapy
    I loved being a psych. RN, and love being a psych. NP just as much or more. OT and Psych RN or NP are two very different things, I think you have to focus on what is right for your temperament. You...
    Jun 28, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. Suggested Videos / Movies About Mental Health
    Actually there are SOME good and accurate movies out of Hollywood that do a good job of depicting psych. diagnoses, I have used some with students. Hollywood seems to overdramatize the violent...
    Jun 28, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Nursing Diagnoses:  Useless Statements secondary to Professional Insecurity
    Regarding the comment: "Any student nurse can tell you that diagnosing belongs in the realm of the physician. Nurses do not diagnose." Actually we do. Check advanced practice scopes of practice,...
    Jun 28, '10
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  18. Any ideas on how to keep their pants up?
    Hi Has anyone tried velcro? Would rip apart if used for hanging... its cheap too!
    Jun 18, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. Yale New-Haven, where should I live?
    You might want to look at Upper Orange St. / State Street area of New Haven. I lived there, it was nice. A grad student area. Parking can be tough. Another good area is the village over by SCSU...
    May 17, '10
    Forum: Connecticut Nursing
  20. Sleep Hygiene
    I am familiar with the term sleep hygiene, I always assumed it was in common use. It makes sense as a descriptor and I use it in my notes to denote a general discussion of a pts sleep. One "sleep...
    May 7, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. PSYCH NURSES-please help
    I agree with the other two posters and would add: your experience may even be an asset as you will empathise with others and understand some things from first hand experience. Good luck!
    Apr 23, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. Obsessed with death since entering the nursing profession
    In response to question "what do you mean about the "death myth" from another poster: I used that term because that is how I think of it. After one experiences OOB or life after death, one has to...
    Apr 17, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Looking for some tech advice.
    Sounds about right to me too. In some settings, you may be asked to help lead groups or even lead groups independently. That's helpful experience is you can get that too!
    Apr 12, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Question for Psych-Mental Health NPs
    Sure you can do "private counselling' - I think you mean psychotherapy. I don't do too much of that now but it is well within the scope of practice. Yup, just like the psychiatrists and they...
    Mar 26, '10
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  25. Obsessed with death since entering the nursing profession
    I agree with the posts above and I would add: Its interesting you state "I am a spiritual person but not a religious person" I would think that as a spiritual person, not a religious person you...
    Mar 26, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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