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hey Aug. 21st, 2006 @ 02:45 am
just wanted to introduce myself, and see if anyone posts on this community anymore. i just graduated with my RN and i'm working at a state psych hospital, just started about 2 months ago. so far i've seen some interesting things....but would love to hear any advice / war stories anyone may have....

Jan. 23rd, 2005 @ 03:34 pm
hey my name is jackie im 21 and i just graduated from nursing school(RN)...i've been working on a medical psychiatric unit for about 6 months as a nurse tech and i just got a job as graduate nurse on the same floor...this community sounds really cool im glad i finally found some other people who can relate with what i have to put up with

Burnt, spent fed up whateer you want to say Dec. 19th, 2004 @ 07:44 am
I have been working with the *Intellectually Disabled* for around 8 years now well thats just ho long I have been with this company I started when I got out of high school but I did a bunch of work in high school to. I am with them everyday 40 hours a week of direct care and I am burnt out. I love them don't get me wrong but I can't stand them anymore if that makes since. Its like we have nothing that is our own anymore we have no personal space or rights for that matter. I am sick of defending people rights when I have none of my own!I am sick that I have to worry about being politically correct all the time because they change the terms on me atlest every year. Since I started these folks went from being clients to consumers to individuals with mental or development disablities to now the intellectually disabled why cant we just say PEOPLE!!!!!!!! The folks we work with and what was wrong with clients or consumers SHIT I don't get mad or offended when I am called a client we have all been a client to someone??? WTH is wrong with that.And who is it that is getting all this dayum money to think of ways to worry about words like client. There are so many more pressing issues like why the burnout rate is averaging 3 years of direct care. THREE years I have been here 8!
Yes I am sure your thinking just quit , but what is there to do???? this is the onl;y thing that I have experience in its the only thing I have been doing. its not like it prepares you for anything else but Direct care. And the money is crap none of us can say we do it for the money but I am making more then if I quit and tried to get a job some where else. I am not even making 9 bucks an hour yet after 8 years of raises how freaking pathetic is that.
...and how are you feeling today?: aggravatedaggravated

Toughen up! Aug. 10th, 2004 @ 07:17 pm
I had my first patient today. Well, he wasn't really *mine* because I was training. But this poor guy, he almost made me cry as I sat there listening to his story.

Basically, he's a white male in his 40's. His health is failing, the government is failing him because he makes too much for assistance but not enough to pay for healthcare, and this guy who was clearly once a strong, self-sufficient man sat there hunched over and crying telling us how embarrassed he was to have his son (9 y/o) see him like this.

For some reason, I knew exactly how he felt and MAN, was it rough to listen to it.

He wanted to kill himself and had come up with quite a few ways to do it. We ended up admitting him for his own safety.

It was a sad meeting.
...and how are you feeling today?: depresseddepressed

My Story Aug. 5th, 2004 @ 04:49 pm
OK, so here's my story in a nutshell (so to speak).

I've got my BA in Psychology. I've worked in a well-known emergency psychiatric hospital in Montgomery County, PA as a "ambulance human service worker" which basically meant I served involuntary psychiatric warrants, and then on the down time did patient monitoring and general interaction. I left that job to be a full-time EMT (all the while still working on my bachelors). Anyway, to make a long story short, since then I've been a victim advocate/counselor in both homicide and domestic violence (which occasionally do overlap) and attended law school for a semester. I've recently left law school and plan to go back to psych grad school. (Scary enough, I missed it!)

But, in the meantime, I've just gotten a job as a Crisis Worker at a hospital near me. The pay is actually pretty good, the supervisor seems awesome and laid-back, I get to wear scrubs to work (which excites me to no end!), and I cannot wait to be back in my element.

In the meantime, I'm not a newbie to the psych profession and I know how exhausting it can be. Personally, I use venting and humor to get me through it. I was hoping to find a few more people with a rough job and sense of humor to swap stories with.

Anyone else got any good ones? I'll write a few of mine from before by tomorrow. Think you can outdo mine??
...and how are you feeling today?: amusedamused
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» Welcome!
We are mental health professionals, but we are human.

We've chosen one of the toughest fields to work in to make a living. And even the money isn't all that great. There are very few days that go by that we don't curse ourselves for choosing mental health, and yet, we can't get ourselves to leave.

This community is for us. Its a place to vent. Its a place for support. Its a place to exchange some funny stories-- 'cause very few healthcare workers can outdo us for funny stories. Its a place for advice on how to handle administration or patients/clients. Its a place to chit chat about everyday things.

DISCLAIMER FOR PSYCH PATIENTS: Please do not read this forum as an indication of how we feel about you. Most likely, you're not our patients, and realize that its is the totality of circumstances that makes us sound bitter or unenthused. It is not each patient on their own, but rather the volume of them that makes it a tough job. That said, none of us are in it for the money. We do this job because dealing with psychiatric patients is just IN us. Its what we like doing, and it is a choice. All the same, the days are long, some of the patients arent very nice to us, and we're dealing with people at rough times of their lives. Sometimes, those circumstances take a toll on us and we're human-- we need to vent too. We have our good days and bad days. This view is both realistic and honest, but also not constant or indicative of how we work with others.

We are mental health professionals, but we are human afterall.
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