Now, before I get cracked at for sexism, the lecture on females getting less pay over men, etc… everyone keep your panties in a bunch. Don’t get all worked up. I’m simply elaborating on the times when I get so annoyed at work. More importantly, I’m simply justifying the reason needing courage and confidence, in psychiatric nursing. And in a way, I’m sure I speak for many different specialties too.
Imagine being a wound care nurse, but a stage 4 wound makes you vomit. A pediatric nurse who hates kids. A flight nurse who hates to fly. You get my point. Hell, for the most part, we all don’t like to do certain things. I’m a nurse for crying out loud, and I don’t even like people in general. #Lol. But, I’m not knocking on that. We all have our issues. However, when push comes to shove, I expect you to handle your own. That’s why you were hired, in the first place right?
For anyone going into the psych field, for the most part it’s pretty fun and chill…sometimes. We’re basically highly paid adult baby sitters. I won’t lie to you. But, don’t ever get it twisted. There are still many occasions where there are unavoidable occurrences of increased agitation, aggression, violence, etc. Needless to say, a big portion of psych training goes to a generic program on learning how to deescalate situations. It’s called ProAct; which is generally a very basic self-defense course.
Just the other day, a code broke loose on another unit. Now, when I say a “code,” let’s just say a patient was acting a damn fool and I ended up getting shots in their booty.
The first ones to the scene are usually the nursing assistants/mental health workers (since they are typically the ones already on the floor when things go down). Shout out to them by the way! You all are the true regulators of the milieu (as I turn on Regulate by Warren G.).
Meanwhile, the nurse in charge of that unit, got frightened and froze. I watched her stand at the nurses station, from my unit, shaking her head and mumbling “no, no, no.” Her med nurse then ran out there, to find out what was going on. And after a minute or so of watching her stand there, I ran over to there too. The last thing we needed right now, is for any party in a bad situation.
To sum it up, she stepped back, I ran the code, ran an S&R, called for shots, and ultimately got stuck with the paperwork…for someone else’s unit. Um… #whatthef***?
She isn’t new to the psych game. This has happened multiple times already, with her. What ticked me off to even write this post to begin with…she said and I quote…”I’m not going out there, they are all crazy tonight…and I just got my nails done the other day.” #facepalm #annoyedface
TIPS for PSYCH NURSING
1. If you’re in Charge, you better run your s**t or your license could get snapped up real quick.
2. Grow some f***ing balls. If something is going down, don’t be the last one at the scene. You’re in Charge. Be the first one.
3. This is the medical field. F your hair, your nails, and your clown make-up.
On the real…it makes me sick. Hire the girl who don’t mind getting grease under their fingers. Hire the girl who could stand up for herself and stick it to another person, when she needs to. Hire the girl who cares less about how they fricking look at work. Hire the girl with the big balls…Shout out to those ladies.
And don’t get me wrong, some guys are like this too. I feel like there was a paper, I once read, in my new hire documents…that said something like…”you must be able to perform so and so, in situations such as…” #doyourjob.