So, tomorrow is the last lecture for Mental Health. This class has flown by, which makes me happy. It’s interesting because although I am performing well, for some odd reason I have had a very hard time sitting down during lecture and focusing. Was it because we had the break where I only took classes online; or because I am just tired.
I think it’s a bit of both. I don’t want to appear disinterested, but during every lecture I count down the minutes. I am interested in the subject, so it’s difficult to point it to just one reason.
Anyways, I think this class was taught well in a short 5 week semester. Some nursing programs don’t even provide in person clinical experience, so to have my school include 3 12 hour shifts at a psychiatric hospital was great. I was really intrigued and interested in the patient’s stories. I wanted to know what got them hospitalized in the first place as well as information on how the patient and the family are coping. Sadly, my experience is that the families are a big part of the problem, or at least the lack of support or frustration wight he family leads to the adolescent acting out and taking part in bad behaviors.
Both of the patient’s I worked with both attempted to overdose on pills and many had suicidal ideations for a very long time. Both patient’s felt that they had no one to talk to at “home.” This is sad because I am sure the young patient’s just want to be heard, and when one does not feel like their feelings are taken seriously they look for attention in bad ways.
One thing I have learned in this class is how much of the “patient’s problems” you can take home. As a future nurse it will be very important for me to learn to give 100% while at the job and go home and give 100%. Controlling all of the emotional baggage that I take from work will really help me if it’s controlled. It is hard because these are people and not case studies from my textbook. My heart goes out to each patient.
I have to remember, I can’t fix people or their illnesses (I can help with some but not all).