I Acted terribly unprofessional today... - page 4

What I did today was just terrible, inconsiderate, and unprofessional. I did not think about the patient,nurses, or any other colleagues. Today I was assigned to work as a sitter ( which I don't like... Read More

  1. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    Quote from Virgo_RN
    Not true. My facility uses nurses as sitters when necessary.
    Forgive me. I just haven't came across a situation like this yet. I do have a question though. Are those nurses still held to a license or just works as a sitter ?
  2. by   Whispera
    I've worked as a sitter when there hasn't been enough of a census on my regular floor, and I had a license. Sometimes I acted as the patient's sitting nurse and sometimes I didn't. It depended on whether I was comfy being on a different floor and if the manager felt I was competent or not.
  3. by   CathyLew
    not everyone can handle a psych patient. ..

    i have a problem like some others, with pigeonholing a patient. i knew a great cardiac nurse, who didn't like gastro patients...she would freeze when she had to pass an ng tube on a post op patient. was crackerjack on any cardiac wreck we had. but if the patient was labeled a cardiac patient, and they needed an ng, that was ok... she just had a problem with the label of the patient!

    and arn't a lot of psych patients other patients? (have other things wrong with them) and arn't a lot of med-surg, ccu, etc patients also psych patients?
  4. by   pinkiepie_RN
    Something that sticks out from my psych rotation in nursing school was the following statement: "The purpose of this class is not to make you psych nurses. You'll see psych patients on every floor, be it OB, peds, ED, etc." I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. nursing student 19, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with psych at an early age, but psych patients are people too. My grandmother was just in the hospital with suicidal ideation and depression related to a brain tumor. She had a 1:1 during her entire stay in the Neuro ICU and I was so thankful she did for her safety. Remember that psych is not just behavioral, but pathological too. Mental illness is real sickness just like a medical disease.

    I'm curious, what was it about this patient that scared you off? Was it something about their diagnosis or simply the label of "psych"? I did 1:1 sitter in a psych hospital in school sometimes and while it was challenging, it was certainly a great learning experience and a test of my patience.
  5. by   katherinecm
    Everyone has something that triggers them, no matter the situation. The trick is to learn to overcome it. In my experience with both patients and family members, the two things that help the most are 1)scientific and 2)spiritual.

    From a scientific perspective, you could try cognitive therapy. Lots of kinds of therapy are just about thinking about your problems, but cognitive therapy is about teaching you to think correctly: identifying what those fears were, identifying the truth, telling yourself the truth.

    From a spiritual perspective, my background is christian, and if I knew you were too I'd tell you to try going to a big nondenominational, charismatic or pentacostal church that has amazing worship. If you have NO idea what that would be in your area try asking at a christian bookstore. Why? because they'd recognize that perhaps some of the things going on in a psych ward are a bit spiritual (even if only for you), and help you learn to deal with it. And those churches tend to believe that worship is the strongest form of spiritual warfare, and they'll give you prayers to pray about putting on the armor of God. IMHO, even if the spiritual aspect is absolutely in your imagination, that kind of experience still has benefit because it changes your perspective and gives you strength and courage to do what you have to for your job.

    I don't know as much about other religions (at least not from a mystical perspective) but I'm sure most of them have some sort of advice about your fears.

    I do remember seeing some tv show called children of the paranormal or something like that about psychic kids. The kids were normal but in some situations they saw things like that scared them. I think they took the approach that what the kids saw was real but it couldn't hurt them and then gave them some sort of tools to confront their fears and not be afraid anymore.
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from rurnurse?
    not everyone can handle a psych patient. just because one is a nurse, it doesn't mean they can do everything. use the same logic with an md. if you had chest pain, would you call a podiatrist?
    and certain psych issues are harder than others. me? i can handle schizophrenics and alzheimer's very well, but cannot abide the manic depressives. (i think, c'mon, pick a mood and go with it for the day...)
    no matter where you work, you're going to encounter the occaisional psych patient. even if you work in ccu, mi patients sometimes have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. or their families do.