I’m tired of non-MH nurses having this attitude towards MH patients, nurses and the field in general. You say that a MH nurse isn’t a “real” nurse? Well, shame on you. You’re saying that MH patients don’t need nursing, that they don’t need to be treated for their illnesses like other patients with physical ailments. You treat the body, but I treat the mind, something intangible, something so complex that sometimes I’m not just protecting my patient from another illness, but from themselves. My field is one of the only sustainable fields for nurses because no machine will ever be able to accurately assess a person’s mood, affect, presentation or untangle a web of conversation. As a nurse you took up the role to provide care and compassion for those in need and you’re saying that MH patients don’t deserve that same treatment. You are turning your back on the sick and the vulnerable and you should be ashamed of yourself. Who’s the “real” nurse, now?
For everyone else,
Nurses are expected to meet people, learn their histories, discover their flaws and be with them during a vulnerable time in their lives. Nurses are expected to keep some distance, to remain professional and act like they’re not affected.
But, we are.