Friday, January 28, 2011


I have the specialty I want, but sometimes I think I should have applied for a nurse practitioner in psychiatric and mental health care.
It just seems to be that more and more patients are presenting with mental illness and it's not limited to any specific floor. I float everywhere; oncology, cardiac, step-down or the surgical unit, and I receive patients with mental health issues. These are not dementia or certified psych patients just those borderline cases. Having worked with this population before becoming a nurse I take it in stride, but it can be funny watching how they manipulate some of the staff including doctors.
I actually kind of enjoy most of them, but then again some might say I am borderline.


Zazzy Episodes said...

I'll be focusing my honors classes on addictions which can stem from mental health disorders so maybe that makes me kinda borderline too!
What will be your specialty?

Doctor Blondie said...

Well, the mentally unwell can become physically unwell too. They're everywhere.

Estelle Darling said...

I don't put much faith into psychiatry because I have had a psychiatrist diagnose me as having full-blow schizoeffective disorder...I mean, do I sound crazy to you? ;-)
But in all seriousness, mental health nursing takes a very special kind of person [one that i am obviously not]. If you think it is something you are cut out for [if your choosen specialty doesn't work out for whatever reason], more power to you for persuing it.

Krista said...

Aren't we all a little borderline in our own manic way? It's not "if" you are crazy, it's just to what extent. ;-)