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My name's Mark. Tired of working in IT I decided to retrain and get into psychiatric nursing. I qualify in March next year.

Just spent the day doing a case presentation on someone I've worked with on an Early Intervention placement and the presentation is tomorrow, so wish me luck!

I'm 32, got married last year and really love the job at the moment - though I suspect when I qualify it's all going to be paperwork and policies and I won't be able to spend the time I'd like with people, I'll just be buried under a mountain of beurocratic bull....

Anyway, hello to all. :)
 
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Ooh, a fellow mountain biker too!

thanks for the welcome :)

Hope I can be of some help along the way. I'll try my best!
 
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Hi Mark and welcome. Nice of you to join us. Thinking about MH nursing myself so I might quiz you one day

Good luck with the presentation :)
 
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emski, fire away any time. Be glad to help.

Just got back from my presentation. Jeez, how sweaty can one persons hands get? Gotta go back at 1pm to do a viva - basically they are going to pick apart my presentation and get me to defend myself. Grr. (Should I tell them I only did the presentation yesterday despite having months to prepare? Maybe? lol)
 
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hi & :welcome:

I've had a bit of trouble with 'early interventions' where abouts are you from? Hope you can maybe get help from this forum and be a bit of help too :) it's always nice to hear from someone who likes their job!

Hope you defend you presentation well!! :)
Lozzi
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Hi Lozzi, thanks for the welcome.

What problems did you have with early interventions? It's still a relatively new service, and like anything, will take a while to establish themselves and gain respect. Certainly all the clients I've worked with over the last 7 weeks find it a good team to deal with.

Thoughts and comments welcomed, feedback is always well received! If we don't know what's wrong we can't sort stuff out and improve.


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Oh I know that :) the place I'm with only opened in May of this year. I was referred to the early interventions for pyschosis team and they were supposed to ring me with an appointment within a week and i waited 4 and it was only because I (well me and my boyfriend) went back to the GP to see what was going on because I was getting to a crisis point. Even then they made me wait another 10 days.
They then told me it's early interventions but I'm in the "watch and wait" category along with being left unmedicated - to me the two kinda run against each other :S

Aside from that, my keyworker I'd recently been allocated is amazing and has rushed me along to see their pdoc (i'd seen one before hand but had so much trouble with MH services, it's a long story lol) and hopefully get me sorted :) so I quite like them now plus J's fantastic so I can't complain! Just a few teething problems really :).
 
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I qulified as a nurse a few years ago though not a mental Health one... now a 'service' user of Mental health services. good lick with your presentation and welcome to the forum
 
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Thanks Intelgal :) Great forum. Loads of really good info and nice people.

Lozzi... I've never heard of a "watch and wait" category. Wouldn't you rather have some contact and start to talk things through, perhaps some meds (if you've been on one of those "med breaks"?) than sit and wait while your psychosis builds up?
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Good to hear that people want to improve things. I have an excellent team of medics who value everything I say but it's not like that everywhere for sure.
 
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Lozzi... I've never heard of a "watch and wait" category. Wouldn't you rather have some contact and start to talk things through, perhaps some meds (if you've been on one of those "med breaks"?) than sit and wait while your psychosis builds up?
I was only 'diagnosed' around June time by a pdoc at my CMHT but he didn't get to medicate me just tell me to stop the citalopram and then I was referred to Insight which is the early interventions for pyschosis for young people in my area. Basically the people who came out to assess me told me there's 3 categories during/after assessment; the people who are admitted straight away as they're in need of treatment, the one's who don't need treatment get referred elsewhere and the "watch and wait" which people are in for 6 months and during that time if they feel you qualify (for lack of a better word) you're brought into treatment for 3 years and given a keyworker and a pdoc - which I now have been thanks to J :).
She even thought it was silly to be honest because she knew I needed to be medicated but her higher-ups were going by my notes and not seeing me and telling her watch and wait :s s'dead confusing but I'm seeing a pdoc next friday so she got her way ahah.

Like I said teething problems :):p
 
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Ah fair enough, so you're being seen and people are aware of you. That's good :)

To everyone: I'm trying to be careful not to give actual medical advice as I'm not yet qualified and I'd hate to give someone duff info. I think the only advice I can safely give is that if anyone is having problems or worries of any kind, talk to their team, their family, the GP or A&E liason nurse. They will not think you are a waste of time, silly, or a pain in the bum, they are ultimately there for you.

:)
 
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Yes, mighty sound advice. From what you've written you seem to really care about what you do now for a living (well, nearly qualified as you say). I'm considering a similar career change. If you don't mind me asking, tell me, did you do a specific MH nursing course, or general nursing then specialise towards the end? Also, did you have to do any general medical nursing training, such as drawing bloods etc (I'm guessing the answer is yes, as you have to be able to administer depot injections, right?)

Hope you don't mind me asking questions on your introduction thread. How was the defence of your presentation?
 
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Thanks emski :)

There are specifically trained nurses to take bloods, and obviously the docs can too. It's not something I've had to do as yet, but wouldn't shy away if the oppurtunity came up for a training course! I have done some depots - around 8 so far, and those I've done have all been more than happy with my technique. I'm also diabetic and inject myself 4 or 5 times a day, so I totally understand how injections can hurt like hell sometimes!

With regard to the course, I'm doing a 3 year registered nurse diploma. Everyone does the same first year, whether adult, child or mental health. We learn loads of biology and core nursing stuff. Second and third year we all split into "branches" so the past 2 years have been 50% classroom and 50% placements, so I've been ward based, care home based, and community placed.

My next two 7 week placements are eating disorders and CAMHS (child and adolescent services).

My presentation defense went awfully. Constructive criticism at it's harshest! However, they might have been hard on purpose as they said "well, they might ask this in interviews and you need to be able to back up your theories" so maybe they were just being plain ol meanies. :)

Hope this helps!
 
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Thanks so much. The reason I ask is because I have a syringe phobia, particularly when it comes to drawing rather than injecting and I would obviously have to conquer that first! :unsure:
 
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