Mental Health Nursing is a stressful work environment. Specially in a state funded mental hospital where we have a very wide variety of clients. From the truly sick mentally illness clients to the court ordered clients who are there for a mental evaluations to stand trial in a court case. Walking is a good stress relief.
As I walk into the unit to start my shift, I sit my bag down and the buzzer goes off. There is a Code M upstairs – meaning someone is in the need of emergency medical attention. The licensed staff run to the Code M. Assist the client that is in need and return to the unit. The routine shift work begins when another Code buzzer alarms over the intercom and all available staff run to a Code D meaning
a disturbed client is acting out or there is a fight among the clients.
As you are in route to one of these events you never know what you will open the doors and walk into. Your defense is up, and you have to be ready to step into action with what ever you see happening. It can be a very nervous situation specially if you already know someone on that floor has a history of violence.
Once these situations are under control you still have to return to your assigned working unit to take care of the clients on that floor.
The unit can be in completely quiet – with no turmoil brewing. When someone will get upset over the color of their pills at medication pass or decide today they do not want to share the TV with another client. It all happens very quickly.
Mental health nurses have alot of stress in a state funded hospital and they work in a high risk high hazard environment. They have to have something to break the stress once they clock out and head home. Walking has been that relief for me
I personally do not even turn the radio on the way home. I have talked to people and listened to people for 13 hours and I want to hear the quiet. I have a 40 min drive home an that gives me time to un-wind and be ready to put my mom/family hat on at home.
Walking is something I do for my health – but I also have time to walk and just think. I do not have to process anything, just walk and listen to the birds. I have a walking partner, Max whom is a 95lb black lab. He is just happy being with me and will walk as far as I want to go.
Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from the stresses. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief.
How do YOU relieve stress?
The stresses and strains of working in the mental health nursing industry can take their toll on even the strongest personality. From persistent patients to strict regulations, nurses are constantly facing challenges both big and small, physical and emotional. At some point, it is more than likely that the pressures of your job will get to you and you will wonder, “Is it worth it?” Or is it Burnout, also known as compassion fatigue,
What do you do to relieve stress from your job? Scroll down and leave your comment. We want to hear from you.
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