nurse lala BSN, RN

Psych. Violence & Suicide prevention.

Behavioral health RN III at LBVA.

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nurse lala has 44 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych. Violence & Suicide prevention..

A humanitarian by birth, a mental nurse by the grace of world forces. I was born and raised in Orange County, Ca. My dear husband and I bought the house I grew up in. We share it with our teenager who challenges our sanity regularly. I learned early about the strength of words. I now use these super powers for good. Usually.

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  1. “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” 
    ― John Lennon

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    PC RN appt is with a health tech!?

    I am gobsmacked by something that happened today. I had an intake with a new primary care provider at a local UC hospital. I received recombinant zoster from the heath tech who directed me to call to schedule a follow up injection and to request a nu...
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    ANCC Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing exam

    There are excellent resources at https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/psychiatric-mental-health-nursing-certification/
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    “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” 
    ― John Lennon

  5. From my experience, mental health readmissions are usually related to resistance accepting mental illness. Chronic mental illness demands dedication to treatment to stay out of the hospital. Mental illness has a larger burden than other diseases beca...
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  7. Her husband insists the veterans support dog will deliver.
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    SNF Patient demanding to leave

    In my state we can place individuals on a legal hold if the person is unable to communicate a viable plan for self care. In this case family would have to agree to accept the individual back home, if not the individual can be kept for Grave Disabil...
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    Anyone know of ways to learn more about defensive charting?

    What first came to mind reading your question, is that Admin is communicating changes in rules or regulations. Every year JC further refines safety indicators. And we refine policy and procedures as indicated. But you infer that the new charting expe...
  10. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most acute, I placed the VA on a range of 5 to 9. Post 911 Veterans are young and strong. They are trained to kill. Veterans make up 10% of the population and 20% of all suicides. I think that is a pretty daun...
  11. Ive been there 26 years. I've worked in every MH clinic and unit, including the walk-in clinic, outpatient, Geri psych, acute psych, substance abuse...and some. There are many compelling reasons for a VA career. Amongst them are the focus on educati...
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    gender "issues"

    To a certain degree people will adopt whatever disease de jour they see in the news. Reference Gluten-intolerance. A very small percentage of people actually suffer from it. So explain that. What is the deal with the others? hypochondriacs? delusio...
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    Anyone NEVER been hit/hurt working psych?

    Never been hurt? That would be me. I have 30+ years experience in MH. The lions share on acute psychiatric units. I have taken a rogue punch back in the day. No good MH RN hasn't taken a punch. That happens when we lay hands on an individual against...
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    Self harmers

    Short of a staff member holding each hand, you cannot keep this person safe. Wouldn't shackles be indicated for such high risk?
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    Psych RN Reading List

    An all time favorite is Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. He writes for the non-acedemic reader.