Pros: small facility, self-scheduling
Cons: lack of leadership, knowledge and organization by management.
As an employee on the Behavioral Health Unit, Adult-Geriatric, no day or night was ever the same. However, it usually consisted of admissions, discharges, medical doctor and psychiatrist visits with patients, charting, medication administration as well as milieu control.
During my time on this unit, I learned that it is very prudent to understand that – more... medical factors such as medications and electrolyte levels to name a few, can cause psychiatric behaviors.Therefore, not being a medical psych floor, it was of the utmost importance to determine that the patient being accepted and admitted did not need medical attention instead.
Although working on a Behavioral Health Unit can be very stressful, my co-workers and I were able to talk with each other and work together to alleviate any problems on the unit. Whether it be with a patient, a doctor or another co-worker.
The hardest part of working on Behavioral Health was being ready for anything that may cause a break in patient safety. While Behavioral Health Units try to utilize a structured environment, many of the patients seen this as punishment.
Lastly, the most enjoyable part of the position was when I could help a patient to make a good choice on their own. It's very rewarding to see someone take your advice, and control an otherwise stressful situation for them with coping skills that you taught them. – less