Meraki

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  1. Handling the "R" word

    I think language changes too over time. Most of the younger generation now has rarely if ever heard people referred to as having mental retardation as that word is less frequently used. So the slang use of 'retard' to mean ridiculous or foolish or st...
  2. Things I wish I could tell my patients

    I find your perspective that you can only help people if you have had the same diagnosis to actually be somewhat shocking. I believe that I and the nurses on my team are able to personalize care, to humanize ourselves, and connect without self disclo...
  3. Things I wish I could tell my patients

    I think you have to be very, very careful with self-disclosure. You can advocate for mental health and work towards decreasing stigma without self-disclosing to patients. There are lots of pitfalls in disclosing and I have rarely seen it go well in m...
  4. Seeking Ontario RN's and RPN's

    I work in nursing management in an Ontario hospital. I have many nurses who struggle with mental health issues and some who have diagnoses of mental illnesses. I am under no obligation to report these nurses to the CNO. Over the last few years, I hav...
  5. Best assignment?

    I am looking for fresh ideas for written assignments for a mental health theory course I am teaching. I have done research papers, ethical dilemmas etc. i am looking for other assignment ideas that you have done that you think have been good learning...
  6. Good assignments?

    I am teaching a mental health nursing course next semester to undergraduate students and I am looking for suggestions for good meaningful written assignments to give students. If they are going to put the work in, I want them to really take something...
  7. I teach in a nursing program and I am looking to change up the syllabus and assignments next year. I am interested in hearing form nursing students as to any written assignments you did in school that were meaningful to you and that you learned the m...
  8. How to approach this?

    I disagree and I think this is a dangerous position to take. Of course there is as you say frustration about changes in routine or new people. However I think to dismiss all complaints as just being resident complaining is dangerous - especially as i...
  9. How to approach this?

    I haven't been back on this site for a while! just to respond... The system in this home is that only the night CNA and the admin have keys to the supply room so whatever the night CNA leaves out is ALL that is available for the next 24 hours. It u...
  10. Communicating with patients that don't speak English

    seeing as she spoke such minimal english that her son had to interpret it is quite possible she misunderstood you. i have lived in many parts of canada and have never come across 2nd and 3rd generation canadians who don't speak any english or french....
  11. PTSD after patient attack

    Sounds like you did absolutely everything you could. I am really sorry your co-workers aren't more understanding. They didn't experience it the way you did and really shouldn't be judging you in any way. You can't go back until you are healthy...and ...
  12. PTSD after patient attack

    I am not sure what you see in her post that fits with a diagnosis of PTSD? It sounds like a terrifying, even traumatizing experience and she speaks of high anxiety but that doesn't necessarily mean PTSD. It is quite possible that if the OP seeks out ...
  13. Nervous about HIPAA

    It is really hard to never talk about any situation with any patient as it is what we do all day and there are funny stories, sad stories and things we just want to share. I agree with the others who say never use any identifying information. What I ...
  14. Sleeping on the job.

    How many 12s did she do in a row? you said coming off a week... Being new it is hard to say no and it may be she accepted way to many shifts. The management may realize they kind of took advantage of her and feel partial responsibility hence not firi...
  15. How to get registration in Ontario

    BScN has been entry to practice in Ontario since 2005 so the CNO will not let you write without a BScN. Do you have a degree in another field? If so I know McGill (and maybe other schools?) has a program (2 or 3 yr) that gives you an MSN and makes yo...