http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2010/4/1/fight_in_psychological_ward_leaves_man_dead.html?refresh=1http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/seminole_news/040110patient-involved-in-psych-ward-fight-diesat a local psych hospital, one patient beat another patient to death. this is so sad and i really feel awful for the families involved. that said, this really raises some questions for me about our safety as nursing students. my school does our psych clinicals at this hospital, on the exact unit where this happened. About a month ago we had a really bad night there where some patients having manic episodes all became very aggressive, and as students we did not feel safe. We told our clinical instructor we didn't feel safe and after an hour or so on the unit, she begrudgingly let us take a break early.A week later, when a different clinical group was at that site, she told them that I was a real "drama queen."I asked the professor in charge of the lecture portion of psych if we could take some class time to talk about clinical. It was during this discussion that I found out i was called a "drama queen" and the instructor felt our group in whole was overreacting somewhat. I didn't really care much about the petty name calling... but what really bothers is me is that I legitimately feel unsafe when we have to do our shifts. The professor basically told me to get over it, and deal with it... because that's what real nursing is. She tried to make it seem as if I was discriminating against psych patients. Someone made the comment, "if they were cancer patients, would you say the same thing?"I think its total BS. I'm not trying to provide a lower quality of care because of the patient's Dx and because of what unit I'm in - I just think that personal safety at the clinical site is a reasonable expectation.I get so frustrated when I'm told to just deal with it, because that's what real nurses do. "real nurses" also have a lot more options than I do as a student:1. "Real Nurses" have badge access to leave the lockdown unit. If I am stuck in an unsafe situation, I am locked in.2. "Real Nurses" can give PRN chemical restraints and have access to the drug dispenser. Students may only talk to patients. 3. "Real Nurses" who work on the unit have been trained in take downs, and know how to tackle and restrain patients per the hospitals policy. Nursing Students do not receive any training like this before clinicals.4. "Real Nurses" are trained in therapeutic technique learned through evidence-based teaching that can help de-escalate a situation. We were thrown into psych clinicals during our first week of lecture without any knowledge of therapeutic technique as it pertains specifically to psych nursing. 5. "Real Nurses" know the hospitals code system and how to use the phones. I have no idea how to even call room to room, each hopsital that we go to uses different codes and has different phone systems. The bottom line is that these clinicals are required, and my teacher told me that she and the school are NOT ultimately responsible for my safety, the hospital is. While she hopes nothing bad happens to me or a fellow student during clinical hours, we have to recognize that this is a real hopsital, with real patients and we cannot predict or guarantee any behavior or outcome..............If you go to school in the area - do you do rotations at South Seminole? What do you think about it? Is it safe? What is your school policy about student safety at clinicals? What do you think about this whole situation?