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B52 has 11 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Psych, Substance Abuse.

MSN, RN-BC, psychiatric/mental health nursing.

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  1. I usually spend Thanksgiving with one of my friends from nursing school, and we always have a good laugh about that one "special" nursing instructor.
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    Earlier this year, when I was new at my workplace, a nurse I work with sent me text messages, on the company cell phone, suggesting we hang out. Multiple times, he texted, "We'll have a good time...No one will ever know. . . Secret, secret." I did no...
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    Use quotes in your documentation. Example: Problem: Patient stated, "My anxiety is out of control. I feel like I can't focus." Intervention: Psychiatrist notified. PRN hydroxyzine ordered and administered. Response: Patient stated, "Th...
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    First Day Working in Psych Hospital

    If your hospital has a psych educator, ask him or her for advice and feedback. Some nurses are not cut out to be preceptors.
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    First Day Working in Psych Hospital

    More tips: Don't mix IM Zyprexa and Ativan. When a patient becomes agitated, stay out of striking distance. Educate yourself on your state's involunrary admission rules. Never be afraid to ask for help. Actively listen t...
  6. I've assessed many patients who claimed to be suicidal. Then they get a bit too comfortable and admit they just need a place to sleep.
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    Life With Kathy Is Never Boring

    Nicely written. Keep advocating for Kathy!
  8. Has anyone encounterd a patient with signs of DID who has not been diagnosed? If so, what signs did you observe? Were you able to sway the psychiatrist to take action?
  9. My cause was B12 deficiency. I'm vegetarian. I got a B12 injection and started taking a daily supplement. No more peripheral neuropathy!
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    Non-Hospital Nursing

    My office is in a hospital, but I do outpatient case management, M-F, 7:30-4. I work from home on Fridays. I'm much happier than I was when I was on the floor or in the psych E.D., doing 12-hour shifts. Oddly, in my current workplace, the little dram...
  11. I think I got the contingent offer in about 3 weeks.
  12. I received a definitive offer and start date 4 months after I interviewed.
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    Nurse severely beat

    It's true in Florida.
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    Anyone taken a pay cut for sanity?

    I took a pay increase for a less stressful, daytime job. Don't sell yourself short.
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    Nurse severely beat

    Patients can be admitted without their consent if a medical professional (physician, psychiatric nurse, clinical social worker) or law enforcement officer considers them to be a danger to themself or others.