Nurse! We need shots!

by Angela Brooks

Mental Health Nurses become bouncers


The next shift of nurses clock in at 1800 (6 PM) walking though four sets of locked steel doors they step into a all male unit with 12 clients. The air was filled with energy and extra staff has already been called to the unit. Every one has on the bright blue gloves for a fashion statement that someone is not cooperating. Once the clients see more staff arriving they usually understand they are not in a position to continue threats to attack the staff. After the male clients is redirected this time with firmer directions and conditions he agrees to walk to his bedroom willingly to receive shots that the doctor has ordered for his out of control behavior.

He walked down the hall every so slowly with his fist clinched chanting as he walked with 10 staff following close behind him but not touching him. Success with out injury's or anyone being harmed. Nurses and patients assistance return to the office to begin report when a scream calls out another event has occurred. It is only 1820 (6:20 PM ) and the staff head back down the hallway to see what is going on. The male client that was just given shots has now gone to the female side of the unit and hit a lady talking on the phone. Once again he was re-directed and the doctor called for more medication Thirty minutes after arriving on the job, the nurses still have not been able to get the days
unit report.

Mental Health nurses work in a high stress, high reaction time environment. The unit can be totally quiet without any thing going on to an aggressive act in the matter of seconds. The nurse has to be able to lean back on her heals take a deep breath and go.Back in the office during report time, the phone is ringing, staff are in and out of the office. Papers are being filling out from the events that have just taken place and dealing with disgruntled staff who are late for their own dinner breaks. Just a little more stress.

What does a mental health nurse do?

Mental health nursing is a specialized field of nursing whose main focus is on a person's subjective experiences. As any person's private inner thoughts and feelings cannot be determined by their behavior alone, mental health nursings primary tool to understand a patient's inner world is the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. 

A nurse is alway observing a person's body language, body movements, mannerisms,facial expressions. If they are hearing voice and talking to the voices out loud she is observing if that conversation has changed. Observation is one of the most important skills of the mental health nurse.



Angela is a nurse that has worked for 21 years in the same state funded psychiatric hospital assisting some clients that others might refuse to treat. She works on the psychiatric ward.

She also runs her own company on the side and supports other nurses in how to bring passion into their role at work. Out of the box remedies for speaking to people and more.

Angela's blogtalk radio show is laser sharp for today's world! Learn more about Mental Happiness Support Tools here

* Please note: I am not here to CURE, DIANOSE, Treat or suggest replacements for what a doctor prescribes – I am sharing my nursing adventures with you.

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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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1 candise mccaig August 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Two true stories from today; these were 2 good not to share with you. Made me smile all day…

Problem child XYZ started cussing and a fussing; IMs ordered, no big deal. Well in all the chaos and yelling problem child 2 ABC  got all manicky and mouthy and started spouting of random threats. Well in passing someone informs ABC  that he should try to calm down or he'd be next so… on next hall check ABC is in his room face down on bed with pants partially pulled down. When the PA asked, "ABC", what are you doing" he stated, "Waiting for my shots." To funny.

Then as I was in the office charting med refusals and what nots the PAs ask, "Did you transfer a call to the pt phone?" My response, "NO." Well, "did the patients phone ring?" Me, "No, why?" PAs, "Come out here on the hall." I walk out on the hall to witness ***  having what appeared to be a very in depth and important conversation on the pt phone. Who was on the other line… the dial tone.

Maybe it ain't right or policitally correct but I had to smile.
 

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