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Career Story: Floor Nurse In A Psychiatric Ward

Floor Nurse In A Psychiatric Ward

Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse

Type of Company: I work in a hospital.

Education: BSN, Nursing

Previous Experience: I was a staff nurse on a psychiatric floor in a hospital.

Job Tasks: I work in a locked psychiatric unit for adults. There are 22 beds in the unit. My primary responsibilities are to care for the patients, medicate them and provide therapy.

My typical day consists of waking the 3-4 individuals I work with up and then providing assistance to them as they go through the day. I try to educate them about their medications and the need for compliance. I provide a lot of verbal guidance. We may review the aftercare plan, help set up supports for discharge including out-patient appointments. I help the patients to structure their activities after discharge. We create safety plans in case they become depressed and need help. I also oversee the counselors on the unit. I provide a schedule for the staff. I can lead groups on various subject pertaining to psychiatric illnesses.

I also do admissions. Each time a new patient comes to the unit I interview them and introduce them to the place and provide comfort and support. I work closely with the ER and referring agencies to admit patients to the unit. I also work with the doctors to review charts and take down medication orders, obtain labs and blood sugars tests.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that I can really help individuals who are mentally ill. I can provide support and counseling. At times you can feel like you really can make a difference. Sometimes people make mistakes and can learn from them.

The worst part of the job is that many times I feel I don't have enough time to spend with each patient. I wish I had more time. I also wish these people had more resources: affordable housing, jobs and food.

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