nurseratchet15193 karma2015-12-15 08:38:08 UTC
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nurseratchet15132 karma2015-12-15 08:39:00 UTC
There are very few discharges and an awful lot end up spending close to life there, so being present when a patient manages to successfully complete treatment makes me happy
nurseratchet15127 karma2015-12-15 08:42:17 UTC
oh my god, everything. Imagine a floor of 30 women, mental age of children, sleeping 4 to a room. Half are trying to hurt themselves, half are paranoid/hallucinating/manic and about to hurt someone else. Boredom, repetition, feeling sick and not knowing how long you'll be there or if you'll get out. But long term residents mean good rapport with staff members who know them well and can anticipate behaviors.
nurseratchet15113 karma2015-12-15 09:24:57 UTC
eek, horrible! Jail food, i'd imagine. But they get a full meal, sometimes little treats like ice cream or pie. Cafeteria style and they can order snacks or family can bring them food.
nurseratchet1562 karma2015-12-15 09:02:29 UTC
(Just clarifying, I am not a doctor.) What do you mean behavior in terms of psychiatric conditions? I'll assume you mean negative behaviors. I always remind patients you're not here because you are mentally ill, you are here because your behaviors are unacceptable for society. This starts with a good patient history and proper diagnosis. Maybe that behavior is the only way they've learned to get attention or soothe themselves. You'll see a lot of patients used with co-existing substance abuse, often times an attempt to self-medicate
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