I’m a supervisor at a Behavioral hospital for children. A psychiatrict nurse. We still give medications and insulin in the morning but our patients live with us for months at a time. We make sure the patients know their medicine and insulin regimens because they will have to continue on their own when they leave. They are expected to initiate with their meds and insulin every day and if not we go over them again. Our patients have extremely rough and difficult pasts so we have a few arguments break out and fights. I have been hit, bitten, water thrown at me, hair pulled. And those are my favorite patients! They all have a past. If we know what’s going on with them we can help them work through their problems and fears and let them know that someone does care and is fighting for them. My days always end with our patients asking, are you coming back? Of course!
The emotional stress. You can’t believe what people have done to children. And how hard you work with them daily and they fight you. Physically and verbally. Takes a while to build trust and make them realize you are not their friend you are their nurse and will do everything to make sure they are safe! Even if that’s from themselves sometimes.