God Bless those psych RN's who DO have the staffing, I hope their DON's have the best of holidays but there are places that do not have staffing and what the heck!...an enclosed nurse's station is not too shabby a thing to have... I work on one and I worked when we didn't have one... all in all... I like it, when my young and virile brain damaged patient demanded to be let out for a smoke and wouldn't relate to verbal intervention, it was the plexiglass that broke not my nose, and my poor unfortunate hiv and hcv + patient that can't get a word out edgewise without spraying spittle all over your face on the medication line got the plexiglass and not me! When Im on the floor to care for one of the patients, I do not have to put away all the stuff on my desk because it will still be there when I get back, and when one of my guys wants to have a heart to heart, he can come on in to the nurse's station and not worry every other patient and their brothers will catch all or part of the conversation. Computers, printers, phones, monitors, plants etc... do not have to be drilled to the desk and bolted up so tight Houdini couldn't get at it to prevent someone with anger management issues rearrainging the office furniture and all the other lovely things that can happen when you work with emotionaly challenged, impulse disordered, perspective altered, cognitively skewed and behaviorally rearrainged patient groups with the occasional odd antiChrist or demon spawn thrown in for yuks.
I love this stuff, wouldn't go back to regular nursing no way, this type of nursing is waaay better than an E-ticket ride, and my nursing staff is the best I've ever worked with, I do not worry about wether or not my back is covered... but even with the best of equipment and best of staff and best of intentions... spit happens and isn't is nice to have goggles on when it does?