Psychiatric Nursing Articles

Psychiatric Nursing is for Licensed Nurses to ask questions about mental/emotional illness and disorders as they relate to patient care. Come here to ask questions about patient behaviors, treatment options, medication, non-medical interventions, and the ways Nurses can help improve the lives of this challenged and challenging population.

A (Long) Note to New Grads
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A (Long) Note to New Grads

So you graduated, eh? Now you're in the big leagues. Maybe you're getting ready to graduate and on the brink of your journey into and onto the field. The only thing...

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Forensic Psychiatric Nursing: A Unique APRN Opportunity
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Forensic Psychiatric Nursing: A Unique APRN Opportunity

After thirty years psychiatric nursing experience in various roles, locum tenens is perfect for me. When I want to work, I sign up with a few agencies, tell them...

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Exposing Patient Neglect, Emotional Abuse, False Documentation and Other
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Exposing Patient Neglect, Emotional Abuse, False Documentation and Other

I was so excited and grateful when I got the job. And although I don't have much experience with psychiatric patients yet, I do know that the issues I am expressing...

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Reflections of a Locum Tenens Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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Reflections of a Locum Tenens Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I drive on long, winding, country roads. The roads are paved here--always a shock when I come to the United States from my expatriate home in Costa Rica. I am in...

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Mentor, Mentor...Where Art Thou?: Newbie 101, Ground Zero
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Mentor, Mentor...Where Art Thou?: Newbie 101, Ground Zero

Newbie 101, Ground Zero Psychiatric nursing is unique and is a wonderful field of nursing. However, for the student nurse or for the new nurse entering the...

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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
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Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Psychiatric nursing (also known as mental-health nursing) is the provision of nursing care to patients with mental illnesses. Mental illnesses are medical...

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The Nightmare known as Psychiatric Care  Part One
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The Nightmare known as Psychiatric Care Part One

The Nightmare Many years ago there were insane asylums. Some were so bad that we even got a new English word to describe mental illness based on the facility,...

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Stress, Depression, Suicide and Mental Health Resources
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Stress, Depression, Suicide and Mental Health Resources

The American Nurses Association 2001 health and safety survey involving 4,800+ nurses reported that 67% nurses worked mandatory or unscheduled overtime. Over...

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Into The Looking Glass: Facing the Cliff in Recovery
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Into The Looking Glass: Facing the Cliff in Recovery

"...found the road to nowhere"....addiction, a road that crumbles underneath you and isolates you more the longer you stand on it "Hold me now"...a cry for help,...

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Eliminating the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Nursing
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Eliminating the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Nursing

Eliminating the Stigma Associated with Mental Health Nursing through Education and the Implementation of an Enhanced Clinical Experience for Student Nurses Don't...

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Pain in Dementia and the need to update nursing curriculum in Egypt
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Pain in Dementia and the need to update nursing curriculum in Egypt

Dementia is not a specific disease but it is a general term for describing a decline in cognitive abilities (Alzheimer Association 2017). Dementia depicts a group...

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Empathy: What role does it play in competent psychiatric care?
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Empathy: What role does it play in competent psychiatric care?

"I just wanted to tell you thank you, I can tell you really care." Anonymous, 2015 So often I have heard this statement from my clients. Not to toot my own horn,...

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Psychological Issue Was More Serious Than Initially Suspected
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Psychological Issue Was More Serious Than Initially Suspected

I had a sneaky suspicion that the frequent hand-washing may point to OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). But, I tried to rationalize the issue and wondered if...

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How to Dress for Psychiatric Nursing
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How to Dress for Psychiatric Nursing

Many psychiatric facilities and settings allow or require that nurses and support staff wear street clothing instead of scrubs. Those entering into psychiatric...

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The Nightmare  Part Two
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The Nightmare Part Two

Currently we have jails to provide a majority of mental health services. In other words you may have to get into the penal system in order to get any mental health...

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Psych Nursing: A unique field of nursing.
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Psych Nursing: A unique field of nursing.

My car rolled to a stop at the curb about a half-block from Bev's group home; soft instrumental music filled the interior and cool air blew softly on my face as...

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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Psych Patients
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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Psych Patients

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Psych Patient? Whenever I tell people I use to be a psych nurse, I usually get one of two reactions. "That's so interesting--tell...

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