Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I hate psych clinicals

Today I had psych clinicals and we left early because my friend was attacked by a patient! argh, it was horrible. I don't feel like typing out the entire story again, so I am just going to copy and paste an AIM convo I had, minus the screennames, so I'm sorry if the story isn't grammatically correct or sounds dumb.

oh man it was horrible..soo it was me, L, T, and A on the adult floor, which i have yet to be on. i felt weird as soon as i got on the floor bc the nurses and techs were just weird in general..then we were doing vitals and this tall black man kept coming over and talking to tammy and i..he seemed ok, then he would grab his penis and be like.."you want this, you want this!" we just moved until he was told to go into his we were kind of freaked out from that. then the patients went to breakfast so we sat in the tv room. well, we were at the table and lindsey was to my left and then tammy was at the end of the table. then this guy in a wheelchair who apparently is retarded wheeled in. he was gross. he had food all over himself and on his hands and he would talk very weird..he'd be like, "I AM GOING HOME TODAY!!" but it was very hard to understand him...anyway, he wheeled in and he sat between L and T.
He was like HI I AM ROB and he shook their hands, then he tried to kiss them and they were liek NO, we cannot do that, no touching, etc. he was like "YA WE CANT TOUCH, I KNOWWW, I WANT TO HUG, BUT I KNOW WE CANT." he seemed harmless you know..then lindsey got up to wash her hands since he had just kissed it and he was gross. then he was just sitting there for a few minutes with a smile on his face, he reached his arm behind tammy to like put it around her shoulder or pat her, i dunno and then he fucking SNAPPED and he fucking grabbed her hair with all his might and he pulled her down, then he was trying to bite her and he was biting the air making this horrible noise like AARGG ARGGGH, like an animal
I jumped up so quick and i was screaming STOP IT STOP IT and i was trying to pulled his hand off the death grip he had on her hair, but he tried to bite me!! so i started screaming HELP HELP, you know.then like 6-7 nurses/techs came in and they were all over him, on the table, etc trying to pry him off and he is just like biting at the air and screaming like an animal! Then they finally got him off. oh and the whole time the otehr patients are like yelling PUNCH HIM OUT, HIT HIM IN THE FACE!!!!
I was so shocked. it felt unreal. when it was happening i was just like what the this for real!!
It was scary as hell. he turned into like an animal!
I am not going back on that floor, i dont care
--did anyone actually get bitten?
yeah supposedly this tech got bit through his gloves
but i didnt see it
--but none of you guys?
it took them forever to get him off
no thank god
but T had a huge welt on her head bc he was pulling her hair so hard
---how old was this person?
if she hadnt been holding her hair at the root then he would have ripped it out of her scalp, no doubt
i dont know, it was hard to tell bc he was so weird..maybe 30-40
i was so scared! i was shaking so hard. i thought i was going to cry lol

then we remembered how earlier they were watching the movie blade, about vampires, so maybe he was being a vampire

and we werent even on the floor long at all..this all happened before 9am

am seriously going to have nightmares lol..especially with the noise and look that he made
he was biting the air going AR AR AR i dont know how to type it out lol..but nawing


Dr Drifter said...

Oh my God! That's way scary! i don't blame you for not wanting to go back and doing prac there, you poor thing! I hope your friend is ok now.

Dr Drifter said...

By the way, you've inspired me to start my own blog. It's feel free to check it out if you want :)

Prisca: said...

Wow--that is HORRIBLE!! I hope you guys got to talk about that whole thing with your instructor. That kind of assault can leave scars!!!!

KHP said...

Oh my! What a traumatic experience! Please make sure you talk through this with someone - an instructor, another nurse, maybe a counselor - work through it. *HUG*

SNM YEAH!!! said...

wow..thats all I was thinking when I was reading this post. It was funny and frigtening at the same time, if thats even possible. Anyhoo, I actually like my psych rotation but if I had your experience hmmmm I'd probably have a different outlook.

hope2brn said...

Gosh, It must be so hard to get that image out of your head.
Im sorry that you had such a terrible experience.
Hang in there,

Anonymous said...

Must have been a scary experience. Hopfully your friend survives this horrible attack. I hope this doesn't sway her or any of you from continuing your psych rotation because this can happen not only within psych facilities but on any floor in any hospital you may work. The psych rotation is useful in any area of life when dealing with difficult people. It can teach you how to diffuse potentially violent situations as a professional nurse. Unfortunately the situation you encountered may turn you off from psych but always remember that schools do not teach psych only because you may someday work in the field but because as nurses we encounter difficult patients everyday as well as psychiatric patients that may make their way onto your floor as patients and as professionals we must maintain the tools and necessary knowledge to treat them. This rotation should be used as a learning tool to deal with these type patients and people in general. I am a psychiatric nurse and I am employed at a state hospital so I see the worst of the worst but I must tell you with the proper training over the years and critical knowledge from my nursing school days I love what I do.....everyday. Much happiness with your nursing career.