Psychiatric Nursing

Psychiatric Nursing Clinical: Caring for Patients Mentally & Physically

Medical and surgical nursing, one semester I had been looking forward to! Can’t believe we are only a few weeks away from finishing fourth semester in the Psychiatric Nursing program! The Lower Mainland group is split between Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) and Eagle Ridge Hospital and has been hard at work with our regular course…

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Happy New Year! A Student Psychiatric Nurse’s Reflection on 2015

Wow, I and the rest of my cohort cannot believe that 2015 is already drawing to a close! It seems like we just started school, yet we are already past the 56 week mark. We all got a bit of a breather with a one-week break for Christmas, it was nice to be able to…

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A Record-Breaking Year: Why Now is the Time to Pursue Online Nursing Courses

For the first time in nearly two decades, more Canadian nurses left the profession than have entered it in the last year. A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) revealed that the total number of regulated nurses has now dropped by 0.3 per cent between 2013 and 2014. Healthcare groups have…

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4 Mental Health Myths You’ll Encounter During your Psychiatric Nursing Career

Psychiatric Nurses help patients with mental health issues work towards recovery and full, happy lives. It can be an incredibly rewarding career, full of enriching experiences and gratifying professional successes. Unfortunately, not everyone in society realizes this, and there are still a number of stigmas surrounding mental illness, and psychiatric facilities, which are harmful to…

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More Thoughts on Ethics, Law, and Morality in Psychiatric Nursing

Ethics and law, what is it? Ethics and Law in Health Care introduced us to philosophical analysis of the ethics, morals, and values that affect contemporary Canadian mental health practices. All of us came from different backgrounds, different religions, and hold different cultural values. Combined with written laws like the B.C. Mental Health Act and…

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Reflections on Clinical: The Grey World of Psychiatric Nursing

At this moment, my cohort and I are well into our fourth semester on the Psychiatric Nursing Program. This semester includes our First Nations Health class, Introduction to Counselling, and our coveted medical/surgical theory and clinical. My clinical group is just beginning and getting settled at Chilliwack General Hospital for our medical clinical which I…

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All About WOMEN and how that relates to Psychiatric Nursing

So, Introduction to Woman Studies. Many might ask what relevance that has to mental health, or if the study related to women and mental illness. In short, no. Similar to the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada course, there are many people with opposing views of what is feminism and what role it plays in contemporary Canadian…

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Learning about Self-Care in the Psychiatric Nursing Program

Hello everyone! Semester 3 of the Psychiatric Nursing Program is already wrapped up and we are all enjoying a much needed, and well-deserved 2 week break. Back in semester 1, we discussed a topic called burnout, and the need for both self-care and self-awareness to be able to self-identify the signs and symptoms of burnout…

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A Day in the Life of a Psychiatric Nurse

In many ways, there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ for a Psychiatric Nurse. In this rewarding yet challenging profession, nurses face new and different trials every day, learning and growing with their patients, as they help people at their most vulnerable. Psychiatric nurses are involved in many aspects of a patient’s care,…

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Learning about Pharmacology as a Psychiatric Nurse

So, pharmacology, what is it? What does it do for us? Why do we need to know it? And how significant is it to our role as psychiatric nurses? A lot. Firstly, pharmacology is the study of drugs, this includes their origin, chemical composition, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic and non-labelled uses, and toxicology. For us as psychiatric…

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