There is a great depth of expertise and experience amongst nurses who have worked with mentally ill clients for many years. The physical layout and culture were very different from where I had come from.
Thus some nurses practiced massage and aromatherapy, others group or family therapy and others were practicing and developing their skills in various counselling techniques. Liaison with family members and community key workers was an important role for the nurse. I had my doubts when on a few occasions that I worked as a nurse on the ward my colleagues would make comments such as "You're doing some real work today!
Was group facilitation really nursing? What is more they were able to rapidly discern what was immediately relevant in a situation and provide a tentative, often accurate guess at the medical diagnosis.
The discharge process is pretty simple. It was important to have up to the minute information available as the doctor needed to be updated regularly.
The key worker role however was fairly homogenous. Importance or influence for you: The wife laughed and said he had fun before they got married; he married in his late thirties. Nurses were rostered on depot medication clinics.
A privileged few would derive a sense of purpose and achievement from working in the canteen or on "activation gang", work duty supervised by nurses.
Other disciplines such as dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists and medical specialists were much more accessible. For me the account has become a further source of reflection. It is close to impossible not to get a physiological reaction to this situation.
The following account includes a number of value judgements about practices and processes which I have been involved in. As far as accomplishments go: They both gave marriage advice saying "marriage is about both the good times and the bad times. I wonder what nursing will claim for its own.
Groups provided a cost-effective way to provide education and experiential learning in coping strategies, as well as having a therapeutic value much more readily gained from participation in a group eg.
As well as specialising in these various activities, nurses continued to provide twenty four hour care. I gained knowledge about transferring patients from the physical therapists, became comfortable with sternal precautions and tested my "peace making" skills.
Other disciplines such as dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists and medical specialists were much more accessible. This has often been good for the client but has done little for the nursing profession. I am aware that in some areas other disciplines are claiming the keyworker or case manager role as their exclusive domain.
I looked to occupational therapists and a few nurses, who were skilled and committed to group work as a therapeutic modality for supervision and guidance.The ability to reflect critically is a vital nursing skill.
It will help your students to make better decisions, avoid errors, identify good and bad forms of practice and.
Clinical experience is acknowledged as being the core of nursing education. As nursing student without previews experience in mental health, I was reflecting the same attitude held by general public that mentally ill patient are dangerous, prone to violence, unpredictable, and to.
Your nursing clinical experience presents the opportunity to work with real patients, experience work environments you may want to pursue once you have earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and learn how you will work with fellow nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team.
eight day clinical placement in a mental health/psychiatric nursing setting over a period of four weeks (64 hours of mental health clinical practice in total).
All placements were in acute adult psychiatric/mental health settings in major teaching hospitals. A personal reflection on my experience as a Mental Health Nurse in New Zealand. By Richard Lakeman () This year I have had the opportunity to reflect on my practice as a New Zealand nurse who has worked in various mental health settings.
of psychiatric mental health and facilitate the transition from class to clinical, students are taught the science of psychi- atric/mental health in the didactic portion of the course.Download