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In College [May. 30th, 2010|12:10 am]
Psychiatric Nursing
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It doesn't seem like anyone has posted here in a while, but I just wanted to ask a question.

I am seriously going into the nursing field, specifically psychiatric nursing.

What did you wish you knew before you became a nurse?
Are you glad you became a nurse?
What is a normal day like?

Please help me in deciding guys!  (:

[User Picture]From: evilcresyluna
2010-05-31 03:28 am (UTC)
The sheer amount of paperwork. Also, that while psych nurse allows for more working with patients and interactions than say, operating room, it is not strictly one:one counseling or groups or anything, nor on the medical side was it much of the traditional "nursing skills" like starting IVs, wounds, etc. For me, the bulk of my work was medications and medication teaching.

Yes, I am glad.

My day to day would generally go like this: listen to report and plan out my day, check and make sure I have all the medications ordered, print up any forms I might specifically need, give out medications and if possible snatch at least a few minutes to get a handle on each patient, review cases with treatment team / put together treatment plans, check in on patients again / give out noon medications, possibly lead a group, do documentation, report to the oncoming shift.
Sometimes in there a discharge or an admission, which eats up 30 minutes or 2 hours, respectively. Or deal with a crisis of some sort. People falling, threatening themselves/others, family crises, actually harming themselves/others, etc.
My psych experience really ran the gamut, I might be doing tube feedings, avoiding punches, educating family members on what depression is, doing a group on complementary medicine, politely refusing visitors/media entrance, allowing someone to vent about past abuse, sitting in on interventions regarding substance use.. Psych nursing is definitely many things.
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