Good and very Helpful collegues
I've learned a lot from the medical Doctors as they were very kind and unselfish to share their talents to me as a new grad.Everyone was very helpful that my only problem was the travel from American Canyon to Atascadero!
Challenging work environment; growth in interpersonal skills
This was a maximum security state forensic mental hospital. Psychiatric nursing was a new experience for me, and this was a difficult place to work. Thus said, it was also a sad and very insightful look into the mental health system. It was heartbreaking, but also could be very rewarding at times. It was very important, as you could imagine, for the staff to work together. You became very close to and worked very much in sync with your coworkers. Management was very supportive of me, I felt personally. I still keep in touch with coworkers. As I said, it was very important to work as a team.The hardest part of the job was to leave what you experienced at the door when you left and not bring it home with you. I always treated people with respect and dignity. This is very important to me. I feel that some of the people I treated never got to experience someone treating them in this way, and that showed. That to me is a key component of nursing, to be compassionate and about your job.It was a dangerous and scary place to work at times, but I had great coworkers and I learned a lot about psychiatric nursing. I have worked in home care, hospital, medical offices, ventilator dependent homes and contract nursing. This added another facet to my experience and I am glad I did it. I am always up for a new challenge.
Caring for patients with criminal and violent history
* Typical day at work involved the routine patient care, therapeutic activities, interacting with patients therapeutically with the occasional need to manage potential or actual violent situations/emergencies in a safe and therapeutic manner.* What I learned was the fact that basic safety considerations based on the dangerous and unpredictable behavior of patients were minimized at times and the dangers related to the simple task of entering an office room safely or walking down a corridor were either ignored or not understood. Staff behavior can make for a safe or increasingly dangerous work environment.* See previous paragraph. Senior management were most supportive and insightful in maintaining a safe environment.* Co-workers were supportive and this was one of the high points pf the job.*The hardest part of the job was impressing some of the less experienced staff on the need for basic safety considerations such as not blindly walking down a corridor with tunnel vision and entering the nursing office without a 360 assessment of the environment. also teaching this same staff that slamming doors tends to agitate patients/inmates and make for a dangerous environment/mullieu.*The most enjoyable part of the job was teaching the less experienced nurses and technicians the basics and benefit of maintaining a safe and respectful environment.
Great benefits and Pay
I learned so much about all aspects of mental health, the legal system, safety and security, etc. The knowledge available from co-workers and team members is never ending. The hardest part of the job was being mandated to work another shift. Depending on who your co workers were had a huge impact on how enjoyable the job was, such as irresponsible staff who did not follow rules made working at this facility potentially dangerous.
Difficult place to work, dangerous
Likley hood of injury high, little police involvment, saftey issues
Really protective and secured place to work
Everyday was busy and on guard. Learned alot form staff and individuals. Good working environment. Excellect staff and would love to go back. At times it was hard to interact with individuals but learned many skills to use.
fun place to work
Working with the criminally insane patient was a challenge, but was a worthwhile challenge. Teaching them the court process if they were there as incompetant to stand trial . Also teaching them about their mental illness. and the importance of their medication.