Mister Chris

Mister Chris MSN, NP

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Psychiatric, Aged Care & General Trained. Nursing since 1968 in UK and since 1984 in Australia

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  1. Welcome to the Forum - General Aussie Chat

    Hello! I was invited to get back and chat - that is great! Been nursing for nearly 40 years and after beating some major surgery am back again - nursing. I am at The Park and work on Rehab and I must say I find it very rewarding. Mental health has al...
  2. Is Nursing the Career For You???

    Wow! tweety you are a gem. I have been away for some time and now though older still enjoy nursing. I was originally trained as a surveyor in the building industry but circumstances (recession in building) led to down grade of the work available and ...
  3. Rehab "team"?

    I am a member of a very dynamic rehab team that all work together - as a team! Our situation is a medium secure psychiatric setting with many different types of cases, but our clients are not physically ill. However, we do the job of rehabilitation w...
  4. is psych "alot" less physically demanding than med/surg?

    Hello dijmart, my heart goes out to you - the answer is yes and no! I have to tell you a little story for you to understand my loose remarks. I started Psychiatric nursing many years ago and one of our class had MS. (She never let on until about one ...
  5. The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    OK! So I was an out of work surveyor in the middle of a building slump in the out of city areas of west of England UK. No work, a divorce in process - I was 30 years old and realy down. As I had some academic qualifications I was offered a job in the...
  6. With all my years working in "aged-care" (having nursed since the late sixties), the business of showering on night duty has always caused some challenges (trying to be polite) with staff, not to mention the refusals and upsets from the clients. I wi...
  7. How dangerous is Psych nursing?

    I have worked in Psych nursing on and off since my training in psych in 1969 in UK and have found that the job usually is no more dangerous than being in a general hospital medical ward with so called "predictable" patients. I would say that in most ...
  8. Yes do Psych. nursing first as a separate unit, ie. to become a psych RN is a great way to go. It certainly prepares you for the other areas of nursing and life in general! It prepares you for dealing with people - not just the nuts but also the 'ce...
  9. Calling in Sick

    I remember once being asked when I phoned in, "well! What is wrong?" and giving them the answer I am in hospital having my appendix out in about one hours time. (And that was the truth.) And they then asked "will you be in tomorrow?" "Should we organ...
  10. "Take down" in LTC?????

    Agree withn you all. a "take down" should be only used in extreme circumstances with known Psychiatric patients. I have nursed a lot in that particular area - LTC and psychogeriatrics as well as with full-on disturbed patients in special units (locke...
  11. Advise on how to be a more assertive Charge nurse

    Yes I agree - look out for the "green-eyed" ones. Sad but true some people (not just in nursing) have to have a go at you because they cannot stand you making a success of your new position! Stick to the great advice above, best foot forward and good...
  12. Share The Weirdest Reasons Patients Push The Call Light

    Working in a large nursing home for the first time and on nights I got taken in by a very large old (85yrs) lady who kept buzzing for attention once she found out that the nursing sister in charge that night was a male. (ME!) But that was not the end...
  13. No Overtime! Period!!

  14. No Overtime! Period!!

    I have been in a similar situation but now work for myself as an independent nurse. I make it quite clear that the hours I work are the hours I will get paid! Sounds a bit bossy but it works and I do get called back again and again. Good luck and tha...
  15. Night Nurses: Why Do You Work Nights?

    Working Nights is in the view of some, a lower order of life! Something that you do in absolute desperation for extra money. I have been told working nights is specially for ugly nurses. I don't believe that - we are among some of the most beautiful ...