I just want to scream


    I could insert a really long workplace rant here, but I'm only gonna be there for four more days, so I just need to get over it.

    I will say however (since you've read this far!) that I am so very tired of our psych unit being used as an alternative to jail or the homeless shelter. I had to turn away truly mentally ill people this weekend because we are bursting to overflowing with our frequent fliers who know that saying they are feeling "suicidal" is a good way to get the cops to bring them to us rather than the slammer. Have I rhetorically mentioned how very much our mental health system sucks?

    This may come across as harsh, so I accept that I may take a little guff on this. I'll stop before I really get on a roll.

    Four more days. Four more days. Thanks for "listening."
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    RN - College Health
    Specialty: Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health


  3. by   baseline
    Rage on......the care of our nations mentally ill is a national travesty....and I applaud you for doing your best in the worst of circumstances....
    I hear ya. My mom is a psych nurse. You're not saying anything harsh, just the way it is now. Hang in there!

    4 more days... 4 more days... 4 more days....

  5. by   nursegoodguy
    Your feelings are completely understandable!
    It's frustrating working in an area where you are supposed to have a certain type of patient and you get some lieing manipulator who is there taking up space that could be going to someone who should be there!
    Oh it happens in many areas of healthcare... I work LTC and right now have one of the most manipulative dishonest patients like none before, (health problems r/t a life long drug habit of course)!
    It is so frustrating and probably more so it is disheartening... I know what tomorrow will bring at work with my manipulator but I have to put on my best face for my other patients who count on me...
    I like my job, I just hate seeing someone abuse and manipulate the system so much so that they effect the care that others (don't) get....
  6. by   deespoohbear
    I look up to you who are able to do psych nursing!! When I have a psych patient on our floor I feel like a fish out of water....

    In this country, the person who suffers from mental illness is looked upon as being "weak" or having a "head" problem...it is a really sad statement for our country to treat the mentally ill like we do (or don't treat in some cases). Hope the next four days go quickly for you....
  7. by   Kayzee
    Hang in there, the days will pass quickly...and then your FREE,FREE,FREE,FREE
  8. by   karenG
    hey you do a good job working in psych- something I could not do. But I hear you when you say that you are used as a dumping ground. It happens here too and its not fair on you or the patients! they deserve a system that meets their needs.

    look after yourself

  9. by   Tweety
    Yep, when I was at the VA doing clinicals, I overhead a veteran in the elevator saying. "I ran out of money, so I came here telling them I was having flashbacks to Vietnam". What can you do?
  10. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Well Nurse Ratched all I can say is


    doo wah ditty
  11. by   Zee_RN
    Had a patient come in on Friday to our ICU in the DT's. Was in leathers for ~12 hours, real wild man. Came down fine. But he has been kept in ICU all day Saturday, all day Sunday--sane and normal and getting his meds--because they can't handle alcohol withdrawal on our Mental Health unit. In the meantime, we can't take ICU patients except codes from the floor because we are full full full and this guy sits here waiting to go to psych. I imagine he'll get up to the Mental Health Unit sometime today.

    Bless you for doing Psych nursing. I could never.