WAKE-UP CALL: THE SEASONED PSYCH-NURSE!

A WAKE-UP CALL FOR THE SEASONED “PSYCH” NURSE!
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“Well, all I gotta say is this: I am truly and ultimately grateful for being INJURY-FREE for the last 16 years of my career as a psychiatry nurse. Yes, I’ve acquired not a single scratch!
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NADA-ZILCH-NILCHE!
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KNOCK ON WOOD!
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Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for many of my peers. But, I have been exposed to all kinds of critically jacked-up scenarios and life-threatening circumstances within the mental health community, that it would scare the LIVING SHIT out of you if I told you the real deal behind-the-scenes stories of what I’ve literally been through. I could write a book about it – VOLUMES!!!
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Just to think that all of what I had experienced throughout these rather interesting years in acute psychiatry is just too jacked-up to believe to be true – TO THE NOVICE!
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But, all-in-all, to the well-versed Psychiatry nurse, the absurdity of these interesting moments on the acute psychiatry unit is a regular part of the normal-day-to-day.
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Seriously, though, finding reason and rationality (indeed) within these unique situations we find ourselves in from-time-time are what often continually runs within our conscious and subconscious minds on an infrequent basis. And the reason for this is that these particular experiences are just too surreal in essence, to say the least, that these mere thoughts are utilized essentially to put reality, abnormality, normality, sanity and ridiculousness in check. Gratitude does play a key role, here, when we are to take the time to release with that deepened breathe after close-call moments.
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Just remember, BALANCE comes to those in knowing the difference between all of these particular aspects of what is required to be acknowledged and understood in order to succeed and thrive as a well-versed psychiatry nurse.
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The Psychiatry nurse is an important role (especially so) within the hospital setting. Providers, on-call student residents, other well-experienced nurses, the novice, and even others from differing disciplines (from social workers to recreational therapists) quite often come to seek the WORLDLY WISDOM & ADVICE of a so-called seasoned Psych-Nurse, especially so, in crises situations. And if there is none available on hand within the scheduled staffing of that given shift by the grace of Murphy’s Law, well, all I gotta’ say is this: GOOD LUCK!
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MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
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The psychiatric community in mental health nursing is a very specialized community, indeed, which has proven to be challenging, exciting and at the same time very DANGEROUS! From infecting human bites, straight-out career-ending punches to the face, Hollywood ER shit-throwing moments, furniture-breaking and glass shattering events, and even to UNBELIEVABLE hostage situations, psychiatric nursing is purely a multidimensional entity within its own right which demands a heightened level of cunning, creativity, and Jedi-Magic!
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You name it, I’ve seen it all! And I’ve done it all!!!
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My overall safety, though, can truly be attributed FIRST OF ALL to the millions of prayers I’ve broadcasted to the Lord (THE CREATOR) and even to the Archangels whom I’ve had a very strong relationship with. My Heavenly Faith has ultimately, at the end of the day, allowed for me to possess the opportunity to clock-out at the end of each and every shift. And, yes, always remember that the goal for each working day is to continue to hold-on and protect your Nursing License, to always maintaining strict and outright safety at all times (and at all cost)!
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And, don’t forget, always document like you’re about to head-out to court being extradited the next day for a big-time lawsuit. Don’t expect it because of the possibilities of running into Paradox derived from Self-Fulfilling Prophecies (which could often come to play), but prepare for it. There is a difference. Detail your progress notes “TO-THE-T” whilst explaining only the facts. Never make assumptions!

Being OCD (Obsessive Compulsive-Like-in Fashion) is your best friend. In your notes, no assumptions nor interpretation in needed nor required. And do so in always stating that the safety of the patient is taken ALWAYS into consideration. When an action is performed, always lay-out the appropriate and professional interventions utilized whilst being conscious that all actions are initiated according to the required and State-Affiliated Code of Conduct of Nursing, as deemed accordingly within the guidelines of your hospital facility.
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When you place these priorities always within the arsenal of your mindset, you’re GOOD! It’s all GOOD!
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Once more, my unrelenting faith in God’s Glory has allowed me to survive such dilemmas in PSYCH! And (oh) by the way, I would also like to send thanks to the many authors whom have written books on NLP (Neural Linguistic Programming), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and even the many experts within the police enforcement community whom I’ve followed throughout the years teaching the time-tested and vital survival-istic tools of VERBAL JUDO! I attribute much of my YODA-like skill-set to these very books I’ve researched throughout all of my career.
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Seriously, cheers to you!!!
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The intuitive art form of TALKING-DOWN-A-PATIENT is truly the one vital trait of a seasoned Psych-Nurse. Honestly, it’s almost Jedi-Warrior-Like in Fashion. It’s a need and not an option.
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Once you’ve mastered this marvelous tool, you (too) can be Yoda-like in essence, to say the least. And when you do so, you will find that your Nurse’s Intuition will be the difference between regretting not following it and in being extremely THANKFUL… GRATEFUL… and INJURY-FREE at the end of your long and arduous 8-hour or 12-hour day!
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SUPER-SHOUT OUTS go to all the experienced Psych Nurses whom I’ve always considered my Teachers & Gurus of the trade, along with the fantastic teams I’ve worked with during these unique CRISIS MOMENTS in the drink. Yeah, if you don’t master the art of swimming through the shit, YOU WILL DROWN IN THE SHIT!
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REMEMBER: The ultimate key lies within successfully CLOCKING-OUT by the end of each-and-every shift and in living to talk about it later the next day! And of course, do so by leaving all names out of the equation in abiding by strict-patient-privacy standards!
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And when you can accomplish all of the above (when it’s all said and done), Mental Health Nursing can prove to be an extremely exciting and rewarding experience. But, always remember, safety’s first. Safety is always the Number #1 Priority. Remember that but (most importantly) always be aware and conscious of that responsibility that we all possess as Psych-Nurses: the capacity in changing the very lives for which we serve – on either side of the glass.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joel Ayala Ayapana is a Registered Nurse, specializing in Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Recovery, and is a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force (Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield). Joel is also an alternative thinker, a controversial theorist, prolific writer, blogger, an ancient archeology and cryptocurrency enthusiast, and the author of his critically-acclaimed memoir, entitled The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the Heart. He inquisitively hosts his own online “alternative” podcast radio talk show called Quantum Mindfulness Radio and the Great Awakening where he interviews New Age authors, theorists, researchers, experts and other enlightened enthusiasts within their field. Additionally, Joel is the Executive Producer and Founder of REAL REVOLUTION RADIO X.0: Downtown Cleveland’s Premiere “Alternative” Podcast Radio Network

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