Pros: good salary, decent breaks, health care, paid transportation by train and bus.
Cons: being furloughed without pay.
The day starts 0645, ends 1515 monday through Friday. After the morning report we enter the floor, introduce myself to my assigned patient, access the patient, assist in preparing their daily goal sheet for the morning community meeting ensuring that hygiene and his living area has been done. Breakfast arrives to the floor. While pts are at breakfast the note is opened with writers assessment of patient. This has to be done prior to 1000. After breakfast the milieu is prepared for morning community meeting. All patient and the entire staff of the day are present. the staff is comprised of army psych.Tech's navy corpsman's civilian psych techs, both branch doctors, military nursing students RN's civilian and military. Staff introduces themselves and their roles on the unit along with patient's assignments to individual teams, health and welfare inspections are conducted.Then patients introduce themselves a therapeutic goal and feelings. This is completed by 0930. Their first group starts promptly at 1000. There is nursing groups, doctors group, OT and lunch. The afternoon 1300 nursing group, Yoga done by a professional group. Dog therapy and art therapy. The duty day ends at 1600. Treatment planning is done twice weekly. The hardest parts of the job 1:1's line of sights and having to restrain a patient. The enjoyable part of the job is being able to participate in all aspect of therapy. My input in patient treatment planning, preparing and facilitating nurses group and escorting patients on air-evacuation all over the country to the different military bases.