Wondering how many psych nurses have psych issues, have been on psych meds or hospitalized, and have kept their licenses and been able to work.
Oct 18, '08
No clue on the actual data but I would bet many in all fields of nursing. We are only human just like the rest of the population.
Oct 18, '08
I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and on effexor 75mg BID. I have never been hospitalized, though I think I could of benefitted from it a couple times. I think I can empathize well with patients and place my self in their shoes a little easier than nurses who do not have psych issues. In fact, I think this why I was drawn to psych as a specialty.
Oct 20, '08
I do and it is tricky (as with many other illnesses, both physical and mental). A few months ago, I needed to take a month-long emergency leave and change of shift related to a night shift emotional exacerbation. Circadian rhythms are seriously no joke! It was approved medical leave and by means of the ADA, day shift is a reasonable accommodation for me. I have to take extra good care of myself. I rarely work overtime and never work shifts longer than 12 hours (others might see this as a lack of teamwork). I have always maintained high grades and dependable work ethic. I am even applying to start a psych DNP program. Weathering the inevitable seasonal mood swings (mitigated with meds but still present) and coping with a lower threshold for stress is definitely a challenge. Discrimination is still rampant and I sometimes feel like I carry a deep dark secret.
Oct 21, '08
I've never been hospitalized and have been able to work thru a lot, but if I was hospitalized, I would feel better knowing the staff knows what I was going thru, just like I'd feel better having a nurse who has had a total hip or something taking care of me on an ortho floor.
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