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Eliminating the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Nursing

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by Jessica Quigley Jessica Quigley (Member) Writer

Jessica Quigley specializes in MENTAL HEALTH, EDUCATION,ADMINISTRATION.

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Historically, Mental Health nursing has been an undervalued profession. In addition, Mental Health nursing is not regarded as a desired career option by most students or as a desired career option by most seasoned nurses. Changes in mental health nursing education/clinical rotations to improve the perceptions, attitudes, and overall experiences of the student nurse are needed. Ongoing plans to develop and implement an intensive mental health clinical experience for nursing students that focus on increased student participation and therapeutic interactions are necessary. By eliminating the vast stereotypes within mental health nursing we can begin to advance towards long term improved recruitment of a new growing workforce to adequately care for mental health patients while enjoying the benefits that this rewarding career choice can offer. You are reading page 3 of Eliminating the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Nursing. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Hi Jessica,

I really enjoyed reading this post! I am new to allnurses, so therefore could not PM you, but I am interested in becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and happen to also live in PGH! I would love to talk with you sometime about psych nursing if you wouldn't mind.

Let me know, thanks!

Evan

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When I did my psych rotation, it really opened my eyes to what mental health was all about. I had several shifts on a pediatric psych unit and it was heart breaking. The majority of these children had issues because of unlucky circumstances in their lives, not physiological disorders. It takes very special people to manage the mentally ill. The skill set is completely different from traditional nursing, you really need to have a passion for this population and the ability to manage the patient's family/resources.

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futurepsychrn has 3 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Pschiatry.

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This is why I'm going to nursing school! I want to be a Mental Health Nurse. I've dealt with mental health issues, that family members have, my whole life.

Then I got married and my husbands family had many family members with mental health issues also. So I basically deal with both sides of the family. I'm the "go to" person for these issues.

 

I am so looking forward to the mental health clinicals!!!

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fantwi has 9 years experience.

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Hi Jessica, can you call me @ 7202163039 or email me at appiahf9@gmail.com for a personal consultation for you to become my mentor. I am heading into a hospital acute mental health, and your profile matches what I want to do. Thanks.

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I just left the ER after 17 yrs to go into Psych. I did it to scout for future hard to find preceptors for my long-term plan of going to an online school to becoming a Psych NP, and use reverse psychology on myself to ensure that I don't procrastinate and I'm reminded of my short-term goal to obtain my RN to BSN. My Psych experience so far has been that their IT is the worse when compared to my previous experience working in the ER, and there are too many Chiefs that micromanage to find ways to get out of truly helping a situation in an already disorganized hostile environment. Having a medical background I'm a rare commodity in Psych and seems to offer some false hope that if something medical happens I can handle it, but with no resources other than dialing 911. I guess I'll shine by pre-screening transfers in the intake Dept since we are not a medical facility, and I've been on the other side to medically clear Psych pts.

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Heylove has 1 years experience.

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I, too, went directly into psych after nursing school. I have spent the last year learning to prioritize tasks, organize my day, navigate through our EMR, build confidence in my critical thinking skills and how to work with a team from all disciplines - doctors, case managers, social workers, law enforcement, OT/PT, pharmacies, educators, dietary, etc.. Most importantly, I am constantly assessing patients for changes in behavior and condition. I have learned how to respond to patients who are not only psychotic, but also physically ill, or experiencing a manic episode...all while also tending to the needs of the other 10-16+ patients and keep others calm. I have found that I keep my own mental health in check because of the work that I do. If I'm going to talk the talk about self-care and appropriate coping skills, then I feel that I should also walk the talk.

Unfortunately, the stigma does persist. During a peer interview in a different department one nurse commented that I had "only" worked psych directly out of nursing school.

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