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macfar28 has 20 years experience.

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  1. will it get any better?

    I worked at a UHS facility for a day and a half and turned in my badge and keys. (This was a prn position to supplement my full time psych RN job.) They planned to give us 5 days of orientation for 8 units and our psych techs 3 days for all units. Ma...
  2. Tested positive for marijuana

    I agree. I guess next they will exclude those who don't have a normal BMI or lower.
  3. Tested positive for marijuana

    Wow. Just wow.
  4. nurses with Bipolar Disorder

    Hugs to you Viva! I always enjoy and appreciate your insight and candor.
  5. APNA Annual Conference

    Do you know I am going with 5 coworkers all of whom are in management? That seemed odd to me as they are never at the bed side. I'm grateful to be the staff nurse invited to go but I wish other staff nurses were included as our patients benefit most ...
  6. Universal Precautions

    So, if she says there's not enough time to switch gloves, is she taking time to wash her hands/use sanitizing gel?
  7. I am a real nurse

    Inpatient psych nurse here as well... Yes, I get it constantly but more so within our greater health system. For example, an ED doc recently said to one of our patients being evaluated, "that psych unit doesn't even know how to treat a cold." I think...
  8. Forced IM meds...always ethical??

    Meriwhen (sorry, I'm on my phone and can't quote): I think what you describe is good, safe practice. I wish I understood why getting those meds prescribed at my facility is such a struggle. We had talked about implementing an agitation protocol as p...
  9. Prospective Second Career in Nursing Advice Sought.

    With a MS in Counseling, had you considered getting licensed? I'm assuming so but just wanted to ask.
  10. APNA Annual Conference

    I am going and am so excited! I am blessed in that my hospital is paying my way. Otherwise I could never afford it. Good luck to you. I wish I had information that was helpful. Hope you can make it.
  11. Forced IM meds...always ethical??

    This is not uncommon on my unit. Our patients on our acute hall are highly undermedicated. Many times the hold up is we have to call the doc on call who is at home asleep and they often will order geodon. So yes, while we all jump in and help the pri...
  12. Forced IM meds...always ethical??

    In my state a patient does not have to be an imminent danger to self or others to receive forced meds, if and only if, the patient is IVC and 2 doctors have deemed it medically necessary. (I don't believe we have a court order for meds - just a court...
  13. New Grad in Psych

    Please realize you are helping these kids even if it doesn't feel like it. You're providing crisis management and keeping them alive while also teaching them coping skills. That is significant. Give yourself time as it will get better. You will start...
  14. tpapn for mental illness

    Whenever I hear this it angers me so much. You did not ask to have a diagnosis of bipolar anymore than someone with a seizure disorder. Why do you need monitoring anymore than someone else with a medical condition? You are clearly med compliant and r...
  15. Discovered a boo-boo on Social Media

    I have so many mixed feelings on this matter. Having been the victim of gossip on a fb post I made by a person who really was trying to stir things up (and was disseminating untruths), I understand some of the PP's outrage. However, I think what thi...