Birds of a feather - page 3

So, I'm in psych nursing now and rather enjoying my work right now. Very different than anything I've ever done before. But there is one thing on my mind a lot that..........well, read on. Some... Read More

  1. by   pixierose
    Quote from AutumnApple
    I'm more asking than implying about the myth. Like I said, I call it a myth for a reason.

    I'm wondering if it's a good idea for someone who has been prone to work on a psych unit. I do read posts in the psych nursing section on this site, and frequently the nurses are saying that it has a quality of mental stress that is unique. Working on a psych unit unit is referred to as "mentally draining" a lot it seems. I see not attack on mentally ill people or psych nurses here. Other than to address that it might.........push us further into our problems if we aren't careful. Yes, I do believe it's possible there is some validity to saying "Swimming in the mental illness of others makes it harder to deal with our own problems."

    And that is why the bipolar nurse came up. Having my own concerns on my mind, I can't help but wonder if working on the psych unit didn't intensify her shopping sprees and such. Would she perhaps have done better with that problem if working in a different setting?

    I feel some, driven by defensiveness, are purposefully missing the point here. Seriously, "she didn't suddenly turn bipolar after working psych" is the perfect example. Really!? Is there are new Captain Obvious reward on the site or something? There are more.

    I'm going to revert to one of my favorite sayings here. "Never try to reason with someone whose primary purpose is to misinterpret you." I was looking for some input into whether it's wise for someone with a history like my own to be working in psych, or not. I even opened up to giving a little of my background to express that better since the OP came off wrong. Yet still I'm only getting defensive babble for responses. So, I'll look elsewhere for advice is all. We can let the thread run it's course with the usual grandstanding that comes from someone who wants to make a point but hasn't realized..........they've missed the point. Eventually the thread will get buried and we'll all move on. I am anyway.

    Thank you to the one or two people who gave intelligent responses.
    Oh jeez.

    You didn't post your history, perhaps but a vague reference in your second post. I didn't know you from Eve when you posted. I still don't. No one here is being deliberately obtuse. You asked, people responded.

    But to NOW answer a question that is more clear: as someone who has bipolar disorder and has worked a psych floor: no, it didn't send me spiraling as I was well treated. Any nursing job would have sent me spiraling if I wasn't well treated because all nursing jobs are hard work. Nothing particular in psych would have set me off, as I am separate from my patients.

    I think everyone who posted provided intelligent responses -- you're welcome.
  2. by   brownbook
    I like your posts, and love the Captain Obvious award. I think I like sarcasm too much, probably a psych issue/virus I got from rounding on our locked psych facility when I was night supervisor. 🤣

    The psych nurses I knew were great, funny, intelligent, etc. The only time I ever laughed so hard I felt like I was going to fall down was talking to a psych nurse. Laughing with her about her cats, not laughing at her or worse laughing at the patients.

    I do understand how exhausting dealing with patients with serious mental health issues can be.
  3. by   Lil Nel
    Well, I don't feel as though my answer was defensive. You may not have liked it, OP, but it wasn't defensive.

    I loved working as a psychiatric nurse. So why did I quit? Because I worked for a UHS-owned facility that wasn't safe for patients or staff. The facility treated adolescents like they were being housed at a juvenile detention facility. I couldn't look myself in the mirror knowing I was a cog in their wheel.

    The work could be exhausting because I actually do care about people, and have compassion for those who are suicidal because they had grown up in a household where the mother allowed the patient to be sexually abused by relatives.

    It was mentally exhausting to work with adolescents who virtually had no chance in this world because their parents, the people charged with keeping them safe in this world, abandoned that role to state because their lives were consumed by drugs.

    I am sure there are some great psychiatric facilities. Unfortunately, I didn't work at one of them.
  4. by   Crystal-Wings
    Quote from caliotter3
    One of my nursing instructors, a psych nurse by experience, displayed clear psychiatric problems if you crossed her path the wrong way. How she survived a career in a well respected university I will never understand. But then, people with personality disorders can be quite adept at showing the right face to the right people at the right time.
    I had the same problem with one of the teacher's at the school I went to. She was NUTS! Definitely seemed to be bipolar or something.

    I was talking to my case manager casually about this once, and she told me nursing instructor positions seem to attract those kind of people for some reason.
  5. by   wondern
    Wow, someone certainly seems to be quite the expert on NUTS.

    I just can't stand that term for people. It's just mean-spirited. Bullies use it.

    Also, the instructors I knew mostly seemed as healthy as any student.
    Last edit by wondern on Jan 17