Pros: some great caring co-workers( though undervaluing psych), love the patients, always have!
Cons: psych intervention is not valued though desperately needed !
I was hired by a director so excited to "grow"an almost nonexistent psych program ( why is psych program weak?)I was told marketing would focus on this and I would be considered a psych RN , not a medical RN.
I waited and waited and waited. I saw mostly medical patients . Did some serious wound care that many psych nurses dread
Not one referral from my co-workers! Our home care clients suffer from depression, anxiety, pain , grief, loss, confusion, fears, phobias, mental health disorders, addictions. Were they even told I could help them??
Not a bit of support from mgmt in driving these needed referrals from non-psych team.
Check out the home care deficiencies and you will find psych intervention is often not being utilized.
I think it is a reimbursement issue and a lack of understanding of psych as well as that territorial nature of some home care nurses.
Home care is tough and tougher when your discipline is just not valued like you first heard on that winning interview!
Not even a comment or good bye from the director who hired me.