What is the best thing about being a psychiatric nurse?
Psychiatric nurses can initiate lifelong changes that impact their patients’ lives, making it a very rewarding career.
I work nights as a psych nurse and I absolutely love it. I enjoy being able to educate patients on self-care, medications, and resources. And I do detox as well. I know there’s a huge need for less stigma in regards to mental health, so I try my best not to judge, just to care. It’s what all patients need. And seeing patients improve is so incredible!!!
But it can be very draining when you get the same patients returning for the same thing year after year. Patients that have grown up in the psychiatric patient system/world. It becomes their home away from home. Something new needs to be done.
Seeing people get well and be happy knowing that you were part of the recovery process.