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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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    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 always been my greatest burn (- that is after my lovely lady and family). The new Labour Government promises some great things for the caring profession and us nurses! It is going to be a very exciting year. Even with a drought! Happy and exciting and prosperous new year readers. Hugs, smiles and kisses from Mister Chris:specs:
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    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 me so I began looking for something else. The only job available being an assistant nurse in the local hospital! I took it and was invited to go to the psychiatric hospital and do my 3 year training! A Mental Nurse. Since then I have qualified in many other nursing areas including General and Paediatrics and Aged care. Now I have been nursing for nearly 40 years. So after 3 operations and now over 65 years of age enjoy working with a multidiciplinary rehabilitation team in a medium secure mental health unit. Nursing? It is what you make out of it. You have to give to receive, be a giver! Hugs, smiles and kisses from Mister Chris.
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    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 working with the ward nurses on all the individual programs doing whatever is necessary. Every member of our rehab team has a speciality, Recreation, social worker, psychologist, diversional therapist, physio, nursing (thats me), and we all work with the ward staff - including supervision and assistance when appropriate with ADL's. I have worked in rehab in a general hospital in Australia and sympathise with your position. As a nurse you are a very valuable member of the rehab team it is sad if you are not recognised as such. Keep your chin up and I am sure you will be recognised more sincerely one day soon. Nurses are special people. Hugs, smiles and kisses from Mister Chris:specs:
  4. 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 year had passed.) She was a fighter and a very good nurse but she needed some support as the months went on. She found it difficult to finish her shift - by the time she was about six months from her finals. One other on the course (John) and myself helped her by standing in for the last few hours of some of her shifts when she found it too difficult. We all lived in the hospital (1970's) at that time so we were able to communicate and cover each other. The senior staff were concerned but allowed us to do this. I will call her Ann - she had been diagnosed with MS about six months before she started on the psychiatric nursing course (three years hospital based). Her husband a professional football player and rigid sportsman divorced her when he found out she had MS!!:angryfire Anyway Ann finished the course successfully, graduated and went on to become a fantastic nurse for about six months. Then after attending university in the following years because of her inability to continue active nursing - qualified as a social worker. She worked for many years and was a very respected and vital member of the care team in the district. Her pluck and tenacity was always fronted with no excuses and a big smile even though she had to work in later times from a wheel chair. I learnt a lot from Ann. I congratulate you for persuing the most incredible calling in life - to help others. Ann now is fully retired and cared for well, she deserves it. My heart goes out to anyone who has such a goal in life - as you obviously have. God bless you. Hugs, smiles and kisses from Mister Chris.
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    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 local Psych. Hospital - then I was approached after a few days work - "would I like a career as a Psychiatric nurse!!!" I said some thing about "You have to be joking!" Until I was offered accomodation and a 3year contract. To cut a long story very short - I accepted, the accomodation YES, in three years the building trade would pick up and I could return and possibly claim some extra as a "fist-aider!" And get back to building and surveying. That was over 35 years ago. You Guessed I never Went Back! - I am now a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, a Registered General Nurse, Registered Aged Care Nurse, Also Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency and now at 65years old have a senior position on a rehabilitation team for the Mentally ill - drug and alcohol induced also dual diagnosis clients in Australia -------------Change your career! GO FOR IT! Be positive and if you find its for you - Make it your life. It is so rewarding. I'm so glad I was given the chance to at least give it a go. Be positive and move on The world needs carers - nurses - positive people. I would love to hear how you get on - email me. Mister Chris
  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 will not allow my night staff when I am on duty to shower anyone on night shift unless the client in question is extremely dirty (Incontinent etc.) or specifically requests to get up early. Get the clients to agree to being showered early or get your senior nurse to talk to them and the day staff, and have the day and senior staff make the decision for them. There has always been some pressure from the day staff to "do something" on nights to lighten their load. It took many years to get the night showers reduced and finally stopped unless unavoidable because of incontinence etc. or special request. Don't go back to those bad old days, please. Good Luck, Mister Chris. (Not quite over the hill!)
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    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 psych units I have found that they are staffed pretty well and a large number of staff are trained and/or very experienced. I still (I'm over sixty) find I feel safer on a medium secure - high secure ward in the psychiatric hospital than the thursday, friday saturday night sessions I did in the local accident and emergency department of the general hospital! Go talk to the staff running the ward when you start I would bet they will be very reasuring and look after you. Psychiatric patients are not all from the horror movies or even "one flew over the cuckoos nest" movie. (Just don't become a nurse Rachett!) Good luck Mister Chris RMN CN (General patients are supposed to be predictable - but usually are very unpredictable! Psychiatric patients are supposed to be unpredictable - but are usually quite predictable because you always expect the worst - and the worst rarely happens!)
  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 'certified sane'. I can now appreciate completing my three years in-hospital psych training which was followed by two years training in mentally and physically disabled area then finally general medical/surgical nursing. (I have met only a few who have actually completed all three in any order.) Now of course all nurse training is done through university. A pitty I feel there's nothing like working during your training! I will probably get a few answers to that! Mister Chris:chair:
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    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 organize a replacement for that shift too?" I later found out that it was office staff not nurses doing the rostering! Still no excuse, and I agree it is none of their busines - anyway we are supposed to be responsible people in the health business, we ought to be able to tell if we are sick or not. Isn't that insulting our calling as a nurse and our intelligence? Mister Chris:specs:
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    "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 (locked) in a Psych Hosp. To do what you say she did, is unforgivable and I feel, reportable to the law. How do you cope? the best thing for the time being is to sit tight and just make a note of the upsets she causes if and when she returns and note down the curcumstances, date and time of each incident for use at a later date. If the present senior nurses in the establishment do not believe you and are willing to employ her, then when and if she does get employed in your immediate area (and you are on your own), then it may be you will have to confront her, or leave. I feel that she will eventually slip up and frustrate someone else the same as you, and then your evidence can be presented - and backed up. In front of some of her and your peers, you could complement her on her promotion! Good luck. Mister Chris.
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    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 luck. I have found that when people come up with these little nasties, yes question them - - - "Why do you say that?" and wait for an answer. Seem to work a lot of the time. Best wishes for a great future. Mister Chris.
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    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 of it - she requested for many different things like a drink, to turn her (she was unable to do this without help), put on a clean pad, get her clothes ready for the morning (this had already been done-twice!), etc. etc. then finally she buzzed and wanted me to hold a mirror so she could put on her make-up! This was now 04.15am. She must have buzzed over twelve or more times through that night. She did request also from the AIN's not to tell me, but she wanted to know when I was going to be on duty again! I have been back but managed to escape her calling for me!:chair: Mister Chris:specs:
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    No Overtime! Period!!

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    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 thanks for your input. (I retire in a couple of years too!) Mister Chris:specs:
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    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 people around. We night nurses are special and have a lot to offer. For instance, who would do all the filling and tidying up, and bringing notes up to date, putting the elastic in nickers etc. etc. Cutting up bandages an restocking the clinic, and someone has to complete the head count at midnight! We on nights always have all the same care to carry out and still have the same number of traumas - falls, incontinence, deaths, etc. Lets hear it for the night nurses..............Hooraa :balloons: :balloons: Love you all. Mister Chris:specs:
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    Night Nurses: Why Do You Work Nights?

    Working Nights..............Why? So that we do not have to put up with all the administration B..S...! Joking aside working at nights can be (1) very rewarding as you can spend more time on real hands on care and (2) read and learn more about the clients. On days we never had time to do that. (3) Some clients will at night be more relaxed and chat. (4) More money. (5) Get more time to do things like go shopping and socialize. (6) Get an extra weeks leave allocation in some places! I will think of some more in a while............. Mister Chris:specs: