Pros: i work 12 hour shifts
Start of my shift: We have shift change report all MHT's have to sit in on reports from the nurses, which informs me about how productive each patient was and if they are declining and also if there are any new patients admitted to the unit or discharged. I deal with a host of all personality disorders, patients with suicidal ideation, patient's who have actually attempted suicide, patients with mental and behavioral disorder etc. I make 15 minute round checks to make sure that patients are okay and in the place that they are supposed to be. Some nights are challenging and some are good. I think the hardest part of my job is having to deal with patients that need to be restrained. No one likes to retrain a person, but for the safety of the patient, other patients and staff we have to do what we feel is in the best interest of the patient at the time. The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to know some great patients once they are better. I host end of the day wrap up groups with my unit; encouraging them to set personal goals for them self each day and we also discuss as a group there high and low points of their day. I work with a very good team at night. we all pull in and work as a team. When we make mistakes management help us learn from the mistakes that we made.