Published Feb 2, 2003
Could some one out there tell me a general idea of what being a psych nurse entails?I know it must vary depending on where you work but could someone at least shed some light on what your duties would involve? Thanks in advance Jen
Hi Jen in CT,
I worked down there in Middletown. Being a psych nurse is very interesting if you enjoy delving into the often very different realities of others. We deal with people who often experience altered realities--hear voices, see hallucinations--, who are experiencing life crises, or who have personality disorders causing them to relate to others in ways that is harmful to them.
Safety is a huge issue, both for the patients themselves and staff. We do rounds every 1/2 hour (at noc) to make sure everyone is OK. We're also trained to deal with people who exhibit violent behaviors so we are experts at restraint, at being very careful in deterring restraints whenever possible, and in appropriately documenting this very serious form of intervention.
It's very important to be tolerant of other people's lifestyles and cultures and to try to understand their perspective in order to provide a safe and secure environment where they can work through their issues. Vicky in VT
thank you Vicky
I like the way you think Vicky. and prenurse I used to work at Fairfield Hills in Newtown before it became a private prison!
Psych has many rewards and many challenges. Dont listen to the nay sayers that tell you a psych nurse isnt a real nurse.
I really enjoy working with schizophrenic people. They are the must "individual" people. There are other threads about this subject. Peruse.
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