The question "What differentiates the practice of psychiatric nurses from other disciplines working in mental health settings? In my quest to answer the question I read widely on the nature of nursing and posed my question to whomever would listen. A definitive answer continues to elude me but through the process of inquiry, other questions to do with philosophy, values, power and oppression, have arisen which inform the original question.
Search Clinical Reflection in Nursing Students are asked to write reflections as part of their nursing curriculum. Recently, the students were asked to read an article and compose a response based on what they were experiencing in the program.
Ruby Engreitz was kind enough to share hers with us: I think it is best that this reflection writing is happening a few days after my first clinical day as a nursing student.
I just got back from a really fun self-care weekend of skiing at Mt. I am extremely happy and relaxed. And this has made me realize exactly how tense and anxious I was during and immediately after my first clinical day.
Now, after completing the roller coaster cycle between super-anxious and super-relaxed, I can truly piece together how I was actually feeling this past Wednesday. I think it succinctly addressed and validated many of the emotions I was feeling on Wednesday.
First and foremost, it is obvious that I was feeling quite anxious about getting into the hospital and seeing real patients in the flesh.
I am not a stranger to anxiety. I was a competitive gymnast for fifteen years and performed weekend after weekend in front of hundreds or thousands of people, every time in a new environment. It is close to impossible not to get a physiological reaction to this situation. As such, I have become very familiar with the feeling of stress, and I get very tuned into my body when I am in a stressful environment.
My heart pounds out of my chest, my hands and feet sweat profusely, my eyes get big, my jaw gets tense. In a competitive environment, I was able to take some slow, deep breaths, focus, and do what my body had trained to do.
|A Personal Reflection on my Experience as a Mental Health Nurse||Article A clinical reflection is a descriptive "story" that nursing students write about their clinical day. As simple as this journaling exercise seems, it is a powerful tool for development of novice critical thinking skills.|
|A Personal Reflection on my Experience as a Mental Health Nurse||The question "What differentiates the practice of psychiatric nurses from other disciplines working in mental health settings? In my quest to answer the question I read widely on the nature of nursing and posed my question to whomever would listen.|
|My patient was a 73 year-old male that had just undergone a facet injection for lower back pain and left-sided sciatica. He had a history of atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, Type II diabetes, renal insufficiency and a high PSA.|
But nursing is not gymnastics. The physiologic response was the same, but the focus is completely different. I have not practiced nursing for fifteen years.
Everything is new, and everything is difficult, even figuring out where to throw your garbage trash can? Is there a recycling? It is both a physical and a mental job and you have to be on, all the time.
This was the biggest anxiety provoker for me. The heaviness of the job is daunting.
This brings me to the second concept from the Beck article that I immediately identified with — the feeling of unpreparedness. It is one thing to read about nursing, to practice things on mannequins or classmates, to imagine yourself being a perfect, competent, caring, skillful, smooth-sailing super-nurse who is going to make people feel good and happy and healthy.Psychiatric mental health nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice, education, and research that draws on unique knowledge from nursing and related .
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. 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.
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 . effective care of people with mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 41(5), • Happell, B.
(). Can education make a difference to undergraduate nursing students' attitudes to psychiatric nursing? Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession, 9 (1), • Happell, B. (). 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.