Mental Health Nurses become bouncers
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
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.
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.
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.
* 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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