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Old 10-17-2018, 09:30 PM   #1
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Why are psychiatric nurses mean to patients who are on suicide watch? I'd think they should try to be more understanding. Their ugliness certainly didn't encourage me to stop my sui thoughts....
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:44 AM   #2
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I'm not sure either. I've experienced that before, I have had nice ones but some are not pleasant. Maybe they're not happy with their job or are burned out. I'm sorry you had to deal with that
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By-&-large the staff I met when I was hospitalized were... what shall I say... "professional"? But it seems like there always has to be a couple of bad apples in the barrel, so to speak. I'm sorry to hear you had to find them... especially under such difficult circumstances. Hope you're feeling better...
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I've wondered this myself. Unforunately last time I was in one they were very unprofessional.
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Why are psychiatric nurses mean to patients who are on suicide watch? I'd think they should try to be more understanding. Their ugliness certainly didn't encourage me to stop my sui thoughts....
Good question! I am sorry you experienced this mistreatment. Unfortunately it is common in healthcare. While there are many variables at play, a lot of it has to do with empathy burnout and or compassion fatigue. Basically where the nurses lose the ability to empathise and instead hold a negative distaste for patients.

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It’s interesting - any time I was in the hospital for non-psych issues (surgeries and such) the care I received from the nurses was unparalleled. They were fantastic. Then I got to the psych ward and it was like “what the hell happened?” I wonder if they’re bored with their job (where I was they were basically glorified babysitters for us) and lack challenge and motivation. I definitely noticed a difference tho.
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They must have had the same training classes that the elementary school lunch aids and the motor vehicle agency workers had.
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I started training as a psychiatric nurse myself (long ago) but got out because I realised too much of the psychiatric system is more focussed on control than care & treatment and too often I was coming across nurses who seemed to be more attracted to, or worn down by, that aspect. That doesn't mean all nurses are like that, there are some great nurses out there but I'm referring to the system as a whole which is a coercive system, not an enabling one. Different in medical care, there is much more compassion and empathy, but mental health is full of stigmatised attitudes and devaluing of people.
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I think it is more difficult to be a psych nurse..it seems you are expected to be kind, nice and "on " every shift all the time...for everyone, regardless of their diagnosis. some folks do need to be babysat, others not so much, some act out, others need their meds adjusted, but everyone wants the nurses to be "theirs" emotionally .. it must take a special kind of person to select this field..and don't forget when someone lands in a psych unit your perception of things may not be 100% accurate due to illness, lack of meds, etc. just saying (some nurses could be toast, but at times it could be something else)
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