Quote from almostanRN0321
what types of things do you see on an emergency psych floor?
We see a bit of everything. We see all stages of life since we have both pediatric and adults. We see everything from people who made vague suicidal statements to unmedicated psychosis. I've worked closely with CPS, the police and the jail. We are in close contact with all the homeless shelters and soup kitchens around.
We are kind of a staging area for people waiting to see the psychiatrist. Once they have seen them, we funnel them to the next steps, sometimes it D/C, sometimes to a psych inpt floor, sometimes back to the med ED for more testing, and sometime we transfer people to other hospitals that are closer to their home area. It is very fast past and you never know what kind of pt you are getting until they walk on the unit.
It can be very physical at times. Your heart breaks for really sad cases. We don't often know what happens to our pts when they leave us. Once in a great while we get word about regulars who have commited suicide or are in jail. Those days are hard, but you do the best you can while they are in your care.
If you really want to go into psych, go shadow and see what all the different floors look like. Our inpt units are much different than where I am. There are general adult units, med/psych units, gero units, even have kids units. We also house a special short term smaller unit that helps with med adjustments and a small break from their stressors.
I'm glad I went right into it. I love it and wouldn't have it any other way! Good luck!