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  1. Staffing
    Exactly! I know my patients well and no longer have to hope that I met their needs. My job satisfaction is through the roof because I have the tools to take great care of all my patients.
    Jan 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. dischargin psych pts question
    I would document it in my discharge note. I can worry about them, but it doesn't help the patient one speck. Recording their behavior as they leave my care can help the next treatment team address...
    Jan 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Staffing
    My first hospital had 3 nurses to cover 26-32 patients, with the same number of techs. I left there for a better staffed facility, which also happens to pay more. Now I have 5 patients per shift...
    Jan 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. Unit Manager asks to cancel interview. What do you do?
    The manager may be unable to if there is a sudden hiring freeze or some other administrative fun occurs. I am in favor of taking advantage of every job interview, even if all it means is that you...
    Nov 6, '14
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  5. Your Family?
    I only tell my bad stories to family members who work in law enforcement, because they can commiserate. Everyone else gets to hear the funny/quirky stories.
    Oct 6, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. Evening shift - yea or nay?
    I love the 3-11 shift. Did that my first year, then moved to days because I wanted to see my children. As soon as the little whippersnappers are out of the house, I will go back to evenings. Yes,...
    Oct 6, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. Why did you choose to become a psych nurse?
    Oh, I connect just fine and definitely prefer it that way (though I have yet to get a paranoid psychotic patient to connect with me in the first few days -- which doesn't mean I don't try). I also...
    Oct 6, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  8. Why did you choose to become a psych nurse?
    A free standing psychiatric hospital offered me my first nursing job and thus, a psych nurse was born. I'm in my 4th year of working in psych and I really like it. I can see myself sticking with...
    Oct 4, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. The Shenanigans Involved With Scripting
    I know a Colorado hospital was doing it in 1998, when I had my first baby. I hung out on bedrest, with the phrase, "I have the time" ringing in my ears. It was always the newer nurses using the...
    Jan 23, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. New Graduate in Colorado
    Any chance you can go to one of our rural hospitals? The outlook in the Denver metro area is exceptionally tough for new grads. Channel 7 news did an article within the past year about how there were...
    Jan 14, '14
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  11. What aspect of nursing do you pride yourself in?
    I am great at teaching laypeople and peers. In school, we called it Patho for Kindergarteners. I also seem to be good at walking in on folks as they are trying to hang themselves. It's a useful...
    Dec 9, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Songs That Remind You of Nursing....
    Twilight Zone by Golden Earring and Borderline by Madonna. Yep, I work in psych.
    Sep 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Family is trying to kill me!
    We had a cat that began hopping on kitchen counters during the night. My mom solved it by applying a light coating of Crisco to the counters before going to bed. We heard a crash in the night and...
    Sep 15, '13
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  14. Nursing student looking for advice from RN's
    Some of my classmates failed HESI tests from time to time. Almost 3 years after graduating, I can't tell you how useless these tests are to every day practice. Please, don't let one stupid test...
    Sep 2, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  15. Just accepted a prn psych position : )
    I'm glad your first day went well!
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. Just accepted a prn psych position : )
    I never wear button down shirts as I don't know how well they would survive some of the wrestling that happens on a rough shift. T-shirts that don't look like t-shirts or knit tops work better for me...
    Aug 25, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Happy Unintentional Ignorance Awareness Week!
    Very nice! I occasionally call my patients sweetie or bub or kiddo, but they are 9-15 or so and they miss their mommy.
    Apr 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Audio books or podcasts helpful to nurses
    I'd go for something by P.G. Wodehouse. As long as you're not laughing so hard that you can't steer, it would be a great stress reliever, which makes for a great nurse.
    Apr 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Has anyone made a medication error and *not* get fired for it?
    I agree with your DON. Med errors are painful, but the lessons you learn stick like glue! I also work in a facility that is non-punitive for med errors. We fill out a form identifying contributing...
    Apr 18, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  20. Ventage
    If you're already doing everything Dave Ramsey recommends, I would visit the Mr. Money Mustache blog. He has some great ideas for cutting costs. If you are able to pick up shifts after your...
    Apr 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Use of C/O in Documentation
    Pts endorse suicidal or homocidal ideation, also self-injury. I've been hearing that one in psych since I graduated and started working there. I tend to use reports unless it is a physical...
    Mar 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. What is psych nursing really like???
    So if you are burned on patient contact, how about some back office paper-pushing utilization/review type job? You need the RN license to do it, but you don't deal with needy pts, just insurance...
    Mar 15, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. Psych RN interview!! Need advice!!!
    OP, how did it go?For everyone else, I would emphasize honesty in your responses during the interview. Remember that we have finely tuned B-S-o-meters in psych and we'd rather hear what you really...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Hi
    I would expect some MHTs along with the 2 of you for 24 kids. I've been doing ped/adolescent psych for the past year and love it, even though many others don't care for my unit. It's nice because...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. Looking for support re: first full code
    If you can talk about it with peer nurses, it can be really helpful. I have some friends from nursing school and we vent/debrief as needed. While they don't work with me, they can relate to the...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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