||[Jul. 10th, 2007|05:05 pm]
There were two patients at the psych ward i work at in 4 point restraints today.. all the screaming..crying.. it was just too much for me and i broke down in tears. =(. i agreed that the restraints were necessary to prevent violence, but so much fricken suffering =(.
what do you guys think about restraints?.. i believe they are a necessary evil. and how do you emotionally deal with 1:1 these people while in restraints.. it was so hard not to talk to them and be nurturing.
it is times like this where i begin to question my future career in psych nursing =(.
I know how you feel...I can't stand seeing patients in restraints, either. But what I try to remind myself is that it is for both the patient's and others' safety. If I have a patient on restraints, I just try to check up on him as much as possible to make sure he is safe, etc. I also use this time to reassure the patient why he/she is being restrained ("this is for your safety")
=( yeah. at the VA, it is required to have 1:1 sitter per restrained patient. i did try and reassure, but i was told not to continously hold conversation as it would be 'negative reinforcement'
2007-07-12 02:41 pm (UTC)
Mmmm I have to appologize, I didn't really see your question about 1:1-- I'm pretty blind when I hear the word restraints. I'm sorry. From what I have observed, there is no communication whatsoever except during tightness checks and to assess whether the person is calming down enough to remove them. I think the calming down period with little stimulation would probably be helpful for people-- I just wish they didn't have to be restrained to do it.