psychiatric nurse

An Unstoppable Team

Deborah McGregor and Jonathan Hutchings are at ease with one other. They have the kind of love that lets them be comfortable in each other’s presence. The kind of love that stems from a deep respect of one another. The kind of love that builds a marriage so strong, it would allow them to persevere through the most rigorous educational…

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We all have Mental Health

Remember our Psychiatric Nursing blogger, Elizabeth? She’s written some amazing pieces for us, such as, Learning how to fail: The key to surviving my first semester, My first clinical experience in Psychiatric Nursing, and 8 essential elements for a productive workspace. We’re not the only people who love Elizabeth’s writing. Check out the piece below…

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10 Ways to Recuperate on a Student Budget this Winter

Taking online classes means spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen. As a Psychiatric Nursing student on a limited budget, I have explored some digital screen-free tactics to keep myself entertained during school breaks or during my leisure time. I’ve canvassed my friends and fellow students to help me compile a…

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8 essential elements for a productive workspace

During the first two months of school into the Psychiatric Nursing Program, my home was in chaos. I moved into an unfinished house and was renovating it while trying to get my schoolwork done. It became clear pretty quickly that the living room couch was not the ideal place to motivate myself to focus. I…

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Meet Elizabeth: Our Psychiatric Nursing Blogger

Hi! I’m Elizabeth from the sunny Okanagan and I’m in the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma program. After completing a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and pursuing a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, I finally enrolled in the Psychiatric Nursing program at Stenberg College. It took me almost 10 years of contemplating…

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Reflecting on the Past and Looking Towards the Future

Semester 6 is in full swing! I can’t believe how fast time is going, and before I know it I’ll be graduating! In the meantime though, its coursework, lots of projects, and getting ready for practicum. Don’t let the smaller course load fool you, the topics this semester are in-depth and require a deeper sense of…

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Diving into Semester 5

Wow, we’re already a few weeks into semester 5! I really can’t believe where time has gone. This semester encompasses a four theory course along with our Psychosocial Rehabilitation clinical. What really makes this semester exciting is the step away from clinical led instruction to preceptorship, one-on-ones with a preceptor who will work us through…

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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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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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