mental health assistant, San Diego, CA - March 31, 2016
As an MHA staffed at San Diego Psychiatric Hospital with thanks to UNI Healthcare Staffing (formerly Redwood) who gave me a chance in hiring me, I worked graveyard shift often doing intake of new patients. The MHA first and foremost kept the environment safe for both patients and staff. Although I was only able to use a fraction of what I was taught as the equivalent occupation in the Army, it still allowed me to learn the civilian sector. Management was complex; although I was staffed there, I was staffed there exclusively 6 day/wk and would always volunteer to stay for a double. I miss my co-workers. The hardest part of the job was maintaining safety with extremely volatile patients (usually under the influence of hard drugs such as meth and PCP), all while making sure other patients didn't add to it. The staff depended on each other. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing people who otherwise seemed hopeless come around all the way and be able to leave with the tools and ability to sustain on their own. That was great.