Very well said. Thank you for your post. You are absolutely correct in all that you said. I don't think the problems and issues being listed are only seen in psychiatric nurses, but in all nurses. I also don't believe that a true desire to help others is anything to be wary of. Nurses are supposed to be compassionate and caring. That's what we do, isn't it? When I stop wanting to help other people, I should stop being a nurse. Whether I work in OB, OR, Med Surg, Peds, or Psych; it's going to feel better at the end of the day to know I did the best I could to help someone get better than to think I put in eight or twelve hours not caring what happened to them.