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LisalaRN99 BSN, RN

Addictions/Mental Health, Telemetry
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LisalaRN99 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Addictions/Mental Health, Telemetry.

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    Nurses secretive about getting another job

    Maybe Karen is being secretive because she also knows that nurses are very good at gossiping about each other and she is tired of it!
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    New grad, please Help with med surg organization!!

    Really? You are able to stick to this schedule? I have 6-8 patients....most times only 1 Patient Care Assistant for the 17 bed floor. I work on a medical/psych unit. My preceptor told me to spend only 7 minutes with each patient for assessments. It takes me all day sometimes to get the AM assessments documented because of frequent interruptions. At least most of the patients on our floor are not total cares!
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    Fellow nurses, do you like your job?

    My intention after nursing school was to go right into psych nursing like my other colleagues on the psych unit where I had worked as an Intake Coordinator while in nursing school. Unfortuately, my psych unit closed shortly after I graduated, and the hospital reassigned me to a med/surg unit. I did one year there before leaving for another psych hospital. I do believe having that one yea of med/surg experience was helpful for me as a new psych nurse. I have worked other facilities where they do accept granduate nurses right out of nursing school and they don't seem to have any difficulties in psych. Good luck with your decisions.
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    Intake Nurse

    I am a psychiatric intake nurse! I work in a very busy ER that receives a fair number of involuntary as well as voluntary admissions for psych. It is our job to review all the clinical information gathered on the patient and make recommendations for admission or referrals out to the community. It is very important to have a solid med/surg background. Many times I or my colleagues have had to question a patient's medical clearance, which we discuss with our psychiatrist on-call via telephone. Working in a very busy ER, one must be confident in one's abilities, as the ER nurses can be brutal (sorry!)
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    Help! Non-nursing best path to Psychiatric NP

    While I applaud your enthusiasm to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have my reservations about the way in which you wish to go about it. Frankly I feel we have enough nurses who want to learn how to prescribe medications without having to (God forbid!) touch a patient as a nurse! I realize you have a BA in psychology, but honestly that is not a whole lot of anything compared to a BSN in terms of preparing you for your "advanced practice". Also, earning "advanced practice" presupposes that you have "practiced".
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    I want my MSN, but...

    I am also not interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner! If I did, it would be in psych, but I do not want that level of responsibility. Nor do I wish to become an administrator. I am going for my MSN in Nursing Education. I love to teach, and I love nursing!
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    Holiday staffing policies

    I work in a small psych intake office in the ER. We self-schedule and cooperate on Holidays, including job-sharing the Day. Of course, one of these days administration will find out how happy we are and mess things up!
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    The newest and coolest thing you've ever done

    Assisting with Electroconvulsive Therapy....not new but new to my facility.
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    Sad & Angry

    It is one thing to criticize someone for not performing a job the way you believe it should be performed (not your business); it is another to criticize someone personally, i.e., attacking their manners and "class". Often times we stoop to this when we can't find anything else to criticize. Do yourself and your colleagues a favor and stay inside your own hula-hoop. I realize you are just venting, but putting it out here on an open forum invites commentary.
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    Accused Of Not Being A Team Player-Have You?

    I'm sorry this has happened to you. It seems like it is time for you to look elsewhere for work because this group of nurses is definitely not "your people". I learned this phrase some time back (maybe on Oprah) about knowing when you are in sync with a group of coworkers. Although you may have been proficient in your work, by your own admission, you were not a "favorite". I can speak of this because this happened to me when I trained for the ICU. Everybody was friends with each other, and then there was me. Try as I might, I was never let into that "clique". And that is what it is, a "clique". So dust yourself off and go find "your people". I finally did.
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    Psych nursing is easy

    Psych nursing is easy?? Please tell me where this unit is so we can all come work there! As a veteran psych nurse who has worked 11 of my 15 yrs in psych nursing, I'd say, never let down your guard! Just when you do that, something is bound to happen! Yes, you get to sit down. So what? Yes, you get to take a lunch most of the time. So what? You also need to de-escalate patients, put them in restraints and document that. You have to carefully watch for side effects and especially fall prevention due to the sedating nature of the meds! I could go on. Please don't add to the perception that psych nursing isn't like "real nursing" by saying how easy it is. You just haven't been in it long enough!
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    40 Days Sober really :)

    Congrats! I have 45 days!
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    40 Days Sober really :)

    Congrats on 9 months and Nursing School!
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    I can't do this anymore

    You mentioned you had had a "nervous breakdown" a few months ago. Did you really,or is that a figure of speech? If you did, then it is obvious that you are still fragile and vunerable, and need to continue to see your psychiatrist/therapist/counselor. If you never saw any of these professionals then it would not hurt you to make an appt now. As Rivalicious said, illness can do funny things. Depression can make you irritable, angry, exaggerate circumstances because everything get magnified. Seek help before you leave your job. Check with your employee assistance program. This is what I did and then I used the Family Medical Leave Act and short-term disability when I had a nervous breakdown. I am very glad I reached out for help. After stabilizing on antidepressants, my situation was not as bad as I had thought. You may too, after getting help, or at least you will be in a better space emotionally to look for a new job. God Bless You!
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    The Top 10 Things I Loved About Nursing

    I loved this! Congratulations on your retirement! I can't say I will ever be able to retire, but I am getting too old for floor nursing. That's why I am in school for nursing education. I love nursing and want to impart that love of nursing to others.
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    AA meeting and addicts

    As with all AA meetings or any 12 step meeting for that matter, "take what you need...leave the rest!"
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