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ect nurses

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is there anyone on here that is a ect nurse?

I've never had a job specifically/exclusively as an "ECT nurse," but I've worked in settings where it was done, and have participated in the procedure and worked with the clients receiving ECT. What, specifically, are you looking for or wanting to know?

is it always done under sedations or are there cases where it is done with the pt awake

As far as I know, general anesthesia is always used and is the standard of care nowadays, but I can't swear to that.

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

Yes, ECT is done under sedation, but TMS is not.

I have maintenance ect every 2 weeks under general anaesthesia. I am in Australia but I cannot imagine it being done anywhere with the pt awake! No way!

I am an ECT nurse. A general anesthetic and a muscle relaxant are given. The anesthetic is short acting.

Topaz7

Specializes in Psychiatric- Detox and ECT.

I'm an ECT nurse as well, and yes it's done under general anesthesia with a muscle relaxant. If they didn't it would be torture

Topaz7

Specializes in Psychiatric- Detox and ECT.

Accidentally cut off my post mid way. Anyways it would be no better than how they did it years ago when they used it to punish people "out of their bad behavior."

poppycat, ADN, BSN

Specializes in pediatrics; PICU; NICU. Has 43 years experience.

Yes, ECT is done under sedation, but TMS is not.

I'm not a psych nurse but I was just wondering what TMS is. I've never heard that term.

Topaz7

Specializes in Psychiatric- Detox and ECT.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation It's a less invasive new were approved treatment

poppycat, ADN, BSN

Specializes in pediatrics; PICU; NICU. Has 43 years experience.

Thanks, Topaz, I'd never heard of that before.

Topaz7

Specializes in Psychiatric- Detox and ECT.

Newer* lol and no problem. My unit is in the middle of transitioning into doing TMS treatments. You should research it, pretty interesting!