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  1. Patient's "right" to abuse nurses...I need your opinion

    This is the kind of patient the docs will medically clear (even if they have a tube sticking into and out of every available orifice) in order to send them to us, your friendly psych unit!
  2. this is why I want to call off on my last day

    I know I'm way behind here for commenting, but here's my 2 cents. First, when people you work with, who like you and depend on you, find out you're leaving, they start to pull back. It keeps them from hurting so bad when you leave, compared to hang...
  3. I would hope the safety cell is truly a safety cell. The ones at the prison where I worked had a metal cot, no sheets, blankets or pillows, and the usual metal toilet/sink. The inmates went in there completely nude. They usually wound up wrapped f...
  4. April 2017 Caption Contest - Select $100 Winner!

    I am so dang sick of bed placement pushing those ED admits on us.
  5. LGBTQI and Psych Nursing

    I'm not an MSN by any means but I've had my share LGBTQI patients. I'm not sure what you mean by LGBTQI "issues." Most of the ones I've had don't have issues with their sexuality. I'd say the ones who do are in the minority, as most have accepted ...
  6. Tell on yourself, if you dare...

    One of my psych patients hit the floor when we were bringing them back from smoke break. I was a new nurse and couldn't find a pulse, so I hollered for the techs to bring the code cart. Well, luckily the patient was only having a vasovagal reaction...
  7. Resume/employment help for non-medical

    You might have a better chance at a nursing home. They're hard places to work but always looking for help. After you have a little experience, and hospitals can see you're serious about health care, then you'll have a better chance of getting hospi...
  8. What does your nursing career repair bill say about you?

    I hated nursing school from day 1. I flunked peds the first time around and passed it the second time. I finally got to psych and found I loved it. The first 15 years or so were great, as I had the best job possible. After that, as times began to...
  9. You did everything humanly possible for the kid. Whatever the outcome, you are awesome. But there's a good chance that if he doesn't make it, you're going to suffer from PTSD. Please go ahead and talk to the chaplain, and if you still have the dre...
  10. Not entering vital signs in pt chart per MD orders...

    If the doctor wants you to do something (or not do it), there needs to be a written order, ALWAYS, no matter what the issue is. If he tells you verbally to do something that is so obviously wrong, tell him that you will take it as a verbal order. W...
  11. lying about clinical hours

    If he's using the old "everybody's doing it" excuse, I'd have to be nosy and call the school and ask them if that's true. If that's what they're doing, isn't there some FNP board you could report the entire school to? I would think the state BON wo...
  12. Irony regarding cellphone use at work

    Just me, but I don't think anybody should have to check their cell phones for messages from their employer when they're on their break or otherwise off the clock. If it's that important, management should call the nurse on the unit phone.
  13. I can't win for losing

    I don't know anything about school nursing, so take anything I see with a grain of salt. But if you're not allowed to take pictures of abuse, maybe next time call the SRO in to take a look. It's a legal problem (assault, child abuse, whatever) and ...
  14. How to get into Travel Nursing?

    I traveled for a while. Never even had to leave my state, but could have if I'd wanted to. After reading some of the comments here, I've seen some things that should never happen. For example, you should never have to pay to get licensed in anothe...
  15. Being called a racial slur by a patient I sat?

    When I graduated nursing school and went into psych, I had a patient call me something nasty (can't even remember what it was now). My very wise preceptor (RIP Linda Slaughter, RN) told me that psych patients have an uncanny ability to home in on wh...