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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


From: ptsd_survivor
2007-08-12 04:44 am (UTC)


I have post traumatic stress disorder. I was placed in 4 point restraints, chemically restrained and placed in a lock down room all because I pulled a fire alarm cover during a dissociative state. The restraints were taken off me 4 hours later and I was left in a lock down room for 7 days. No food, water or access to bathroom facilities were provided. I do not feel that this was reasonable because I have never been harmful to myself or others unless it's been in self defense. Also I have post traumatic stress disorder because I was held hostage, raped and almost murdered. Psychologically can you understand how harmful it was to be restrained to that degree by the caregivers that were suppose to help me. It's a year later and those 7 days still effect me each and everyday.

In some situations it is reasonable by all means. If a person had attempted suicide, threatens with a weapon, was outwardly physical aggressive without provocation it would be reasonable for a short time....exceeding 48hrs is excessive.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-08-12 09:44 pm (UTC)

Re: restraints

im really sorry all of that happened to you =(. If i work in the field, i would NEVER stand and do nothing if someone was treated like that.
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[User Picture]From: cinnamona666
2007-08-12 09:45 pm (UTC)

Re: restraints

oopss..that was me!
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