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restraints [Jul. 10th, 2007|05:05 pm]
Psychiatric Nursing


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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 =(.
thank you


[User Picture]From: cinnamona666
2007-07-14 09:17 pm (UTC)
as a student nurse extern, im required to do a research project on possible ways to improve the ward. I am curious about your belief that restraints are never necessary. I have never seen a true padded room; have you worked with them? Do you have any research supporting the efficacy of padded rooms versus restraints? maybe the administrators would listen? everyone there hates using the restraints.. i could see it in everyone's eyes.

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[User Picture]From: psynurse
2007-07-15 02:20 am (UTC)
There is a lot of research out there on restraints and seclusion. You should check the journals your school offers.

Here are a few to get you started • Dix, R. & Betterridge, C. (2001). Seclusion. In D. Beer, S.M. Pereira, C. Paton (Eds.) Psychiatric Intensive Care (pp. 133-155). Greenwich: London
• Johnson, M.E., & Hauser, P. (2001). The Practices of Expert Psychiatric Nurses: Accompanying the Patient to a Calmer Personal Space. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 22, 651-668.
• Polczyk-Przybyla, M., & Morahan, T. (2001). The use of restraint. In D. Beer, S.M. Pereira, C. Paton (Eds.) Psychiatric Intensive Care (pp. 158-168). Greenwich: London.

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