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  1. Psychiatric Home Visits
    I am an RN with an assertive community TX team. Much of my job is home visits. I do med management, lots of injections, assessments, individual and family education, and informal counseling. It's...
    May 21, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Mental Health Nurse Interview
    I work as an Assertive Community Treatment nurse 1: All of our nurses are BSN but that is not a specific requirement, excepting the team lead who has to be a BSN 2: My pay as a relatively new nurse...
    Sep 27, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Need some help!
    There are a number of positions open within the georgia state hospital system. Go to and see whats available
    Aug 28, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. New nurse on ACT team
    I'm a relatively new RN working with a very busy ACT team (rapidly approaching 70 patients) in south Georgia. I worked inpatient for a about 6 months prior. Having done both as a new nurse I will say...
    May 16, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. If I start off in psych as a new grad RN
    Neither of these specialties really prepare you for peds or neonatal. Working on the little ones is a niche specialty and so is OR and psych. Is there pediatric psych in you area? that may prepare...
    Feb 18, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. Should I be concerned?
    I wouldn't sweat it. It is important to understand principles of therapeutic communication but in practice patients differ dramatically based on a multitude of factors, so these techniques are rarely...
    Dec 13, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. First job in Psych nursing
    and every day is different from the last.
    Nov 29, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  8. First job in Psych nursing
    at my hospital the RN rarely does med pass, thats more of an LPN function. The RN does do a good bit of charting and paperwork. Initial assessments and discharges are RN jobs as well. I actually...
    Nov 28, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. EPS vs TD
    ha, I took too long responding.
    Nov 22, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. EPS vs TD
    EPS refers to a broader range of symptoms such as dystonia, akathisia, and pseudoparkinsonism. Tardive Dyskinesia is a more specific, often irreversible disorder that causes bizarre facial grimacing,...
    Nov 22, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. psych NP program in 2013
    I'm a new grad working in a state hospital in GA, and while it's certainly not med-surg patients can have any number of medical issues. Additionally many state hospitals have infirmaries or med-psych...
    Nov 20, '11
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  12. Know of any new grad friendly psych jobs? Anywhere in the country?
    Georgia state hospitals accept new grads. Best of luck!
    Nov 15, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. How often do you get psych pt self walk ins
    I work in a state hospital and we get almost no voluntary admissions.
    Nov 13, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  14. Psych patients psychic??
    I have a previous degree in Anthropology so I have an interest in cultural and supernatural explanations for mental illness. I work in southwest georgia and it is not uncommon to hear schizophrenic...
    Nov 13, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Any hospitals out there doing 8 hr shifts?
    Im at a state hospital in south GA and we work 8s.
    Oct 26, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Staffing Levels in Psych
    The unit I work typically has 1 rn, 1 lpn, and 3-5 techs. Our census runs anywhere between 10-30. We've had a couple of quiet weeks but I'm sure it will be wild again pretty soon. My unit is an acute...
    Oct 8, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. PTO accrual
    5 hours vacation, and 5 hours sick time per pay period. so 120 of each per year.
    Oct 6, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Is psych a good experience for a new grad to go to med/surg?
    Maybe. It depends on where you go next, and how you sell yourself. Being comfortable with psychiatric patients is a definite plus, also health promotion is a big part of psychiatric nursing (ideally)...
    Oct 5, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. Staffing on Inpatient Unit
    I work on the acute male admission unit at a state hospital, and on a typical day we have a census in the teens, but I have seen it creep into the twenties, and have one RN, one LPN, and 4 or 5...
    Oct 1, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Where Are the Nursing Jobs in Augusta, GA.?
    Sep 29, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Why are we as Psych nurses seen as bottom of the barrel?
    It is unfortunate but just like the individuals we serve, mental health professionals are often stigmatized.
    Sep 25, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. New Grad Interested In State Hospital
    I honestly think if you know what you want to do, then do it. If you have the desire to stay current on medical issues then you will and psychiatric patients have a lot of medical problems anyhow....
    Sep 23, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. New Grad Interested In State Hospital
    I'm a new grad who is currently working at a state hospital in GA. I'm sure things vary greatly from state to state but state hospitals are great places to cut your teeth. I have been orienting on...
    Sep 23, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Will I hate psyhe nursing more, less or same?
    If you hate your current job that bad then I say just go for it. I'm a new nurse but I knew for a while that psych was my thing. As a specialty it is incredibly rewarding and there is never a dull...
    Sep 22, '11
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. For those who don't wear scrubs, what do you wear to work?
    I work in a state hospital, and generally wear business casual.
    Sep 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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