All in all, working at Cushing was not only a place where I could put to use what I studied in college, but gave me more hands on experience.
Pros: great team work
Cons: not enough work for the distance i had to travel.
The first thing we Psych Techs do when we arrive at work, is to greet all present. We then go into a room usually alone and play the progress and instructional tape about the patients from the night before. Then, we check the scheduling for the days activities which encompases passing out breakfastes or lunches. Next comes reading the latest files on the new people. If someone comes in, we do intake and later interviews with incoming patient. We write a report on the substance of the one on one and pass it on the the shift staff nurse. It would probably be time for our first group with existing patients. We psych techs facilitate the group noting progress or not that each patient is making. We mainly let them talk about whatever is on their minds, but sticking to relevant subjects for the most part. The patients get about two breaks a shift but we always monitor their whereabouts, always watching closely patients with suicide ideation. There was one other psych tech. who had been there long before me and who was great at showing me the ropes. The hardest part of the job for me was when we were not busy,but that ussually did't last too long. Some patients would go off normal behavior and that would always be a challenge. But for the most part, It was enjoyable seeing most of the patients improve on a daily basis. Some incorrigibles and those who were too mentally ill would be reported to the psychiatrist on staff after a few days of no improvement. Let me add that holding group was one of the most enjoyable part of the day.