I'd also like to point out something that I have found many people do not realize: there are dressings, breathing treatments, O2, IV's, foleys, broken hips, blood draws, ADL's, MRSA and c-diff, feeding tubes, decubes, etc. that need to be dealt with on a geri-psych unit.
Oh, and these folks are old and "code blue" and the occasional death does occur.
A lot of folks think it's just passing meds all day. It's not. We have techs on our unit because we have pts that need to be dressed, shaved, showered, toileted, etc.
Again, this is geri-psych I'm talking about.
And, as in any psych unit, we are always watching for behaviors that escalate into something dangerous and attempt to nip it in the bud before that happens.
BTW, not sure what you are "disappointed" about OP, but I can tell you I am never bored, the day goes fast and I see some amazing and interesting cases.
The best: seeing a pt who comes to us in a state that is a complete mental wreck-- no better than a zombie-- and seeing the most startling and darn miraculous turn-around in that pt with ECT. When you see that pt actually laugh and come alive... well... there's nothing disappointing about that at all