Published Jun 30, 2005
:angryfire I would like to tell everyone that my response to the bipolar issue was a positive response to someone else post. I do not have any psy problems are issues with psy. I wanted to let the poster know that mental impairment is not nothing to be embrass of.
I have a friend who is a resident at a local hospital in louisiana. She has been is psy therapy for over 10 years with the same therapist. Guess what she is going to be a great doctor for people with substance abuse problems.
I have another friend that got hired being a psy nurse that informed me that many of the nurses on her unit take some form of anti-depression medications. I know I will be a great nurse because I love psy and helping people. :)
Thunderwolf, MSN, RN
No doubt you will be a good psych nurse. Just be sensitive and aware that the stigma of mental illness is still very present...and sadly, even among some mental health care providers. In the future, if you become a mental health care provider with mental health issues of your own...it makes for a Catch-22. Just continue to be sensitive that alot of folks are on meds for whatever reason. I wish you well.
renerian, BSN, RN
I must have missed something??? I am guessing you had your feelings hurt. I have had that happen here too.
Most of the mental health nurses I know have personal experience with some of mental stress healthconditions/unhappy circumstances that life sometimes dumps on all our doors from time to time, etc. That is what makes them good at what they do.
That is their edge so to speak.
I've been offended on this site, too. When that happens, I just log off for a while until I feel like I'm ready to come back.
You have to realize that a lot of people can look at others and judge them, but it takes a bold person to judge themselves. You will be a great psych nurse because you have the desire. And thunderwolf is right; the stigma of mental health is very difficult to overcome.
And whether a person practices mental health nursing or not, everyone has had "issues" that gives them a little experience in life's lessons. The difference with psych nurses is that they take that experience and try to help others overcome what they are dealing with. Other people keep things to themselves. It's just a difference in people and the way they use what they have. Just keep believing in yourself, moon30. You will do great things!
That is their edge so to speak.renerian
This is often very true.
Thanks for the support with my response. This site is very scary because the ones that responded so harsh may be nurse themselves. This is why I want to become a nurse to make a good impression on nurses.
I have been very sick the last 12 months and seen some crazy stuff in the hospitals. I had one nurse give me a little medication to make me suffer in pain. I reported her and found out I was suppose to get 10mg of morfin instead of 2mg.
Some nurses are not very nice.
You've learned a very valuable thing. Nurses are human. They can be very supportive. And as human, they can also be very unsupportive at times as well. All we can do is learn about our mistakes from each other and grow by moving beyond them. No, don't be afraid to post. It is the reason that we are here in the first place. To connect, to share, and hopefully, to become better people and better nurses at the same time. Thanks for posting.
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