Overall Mental Health Care is a great learning experience and I enjoy the work I do.
Pros: i enjoy working in a fast paced hospital setting in which i can utilize critical thinking skills
Cons: extremely high case load rarely time for any breaks and poor pay.
On a typical day, I arrive approximately 30 minutes early to set my schedule to best optimize my time and to prioritize my daily agenda. Then, I usually meet with a client or two that I think may be discharged on that day. I then document what was discussed in session including, but not limited to progress notes, mental health assessment, medication compliance, discharge planning, and any additional documentation with consented family members. Next, I attend treatment team meeting to discuss and offer input concerning the clients progress towards his or her treatment goals. Throughout the day I continue to meet with my assigned clientele, which is usually consist of a caseload of 8 or 9 clients per day. Then, I meet with my new intakes and collaborate with them to determine what lead up to their hospitalization, assess their presenting psychological symptoms, create his or her treatment plan and begin formulating their discharge planning all while assuring confidentiality and adhering to HIPPA guidelines. The hardest part of the job is the demanding caseload and the many interruptions throughout the day (I.E. fire drills, takedowns, clients refusing to meet with me or tracking down a client that may be off the unit eating, or with the doctor, meeting with attorneys, or partaking in recreational activities). During the day I must also monitor the Baker Act status's and make sure to file the necessary legal documents with the legal team by the daily deadlines. I enjoy working with the clients and serving as a change agent in their lives. I love inspiring and encouraging client to find hope in what sometimes feels like a hopeless situation. I believe empowering and educating my clientele helps to reduce recidivism rates and helps them to become more self-reliant in their daily lives and in the community.