Day 18 of my Acute Care Placement and my first shift on a Mental Health ward. I didn’t quite know what to expect from this afternoon. I didn’t quite know what my role was going to be. I knew that I was going to be dealing with complex and numerous medications, emotions that were on a knifes edge, and triggers from consumers (Mental Health Patients) that vary from noises, to visual cues, through to hallucinated triggers.
I like the back and white. I like when there is a problem, that there is a solution. That’s why I prefer Maths to English as a subject, and why I have an affinity for Medical and Surgical. If someone comes in and they are bleeding we stop it, if they have a broken leg we set it, if someone comes in with brain that isn’t doing what it is supposed to be doing… well thats where the grey comes in. And I don’t deal well with shades of grey. It is a hangup that I have to deal with, and even in my brief stint so far in Mental Health, I have begun the journey to overcome it. I understand that Mental health is a very different game, everyone is unique and their treatment is just as unique. No two depressions are the same, no two PTSDs are the same, and they aren’t treated the same.
Another thing I will have to get used to is the pace. Having just spent eight days on the Surgical Ward I have been used to achieving what needs to be achieved in a polite and courteous manner and then moving on, with 20 other things happening at the same time. Mental health is not like that at all. Though there are still things that need to be achieved, it is at a slower pace. It is a calm, quiet and sedate environment that allows for open communication and a report to be built between the consumers and the staff. I think with time, and proper tutelage, I could flourish in Mental Health, and with more and more Mental Illness being present on other wards, it will serve well in the future.
Tomorrow is a new day, a new outlook and a better equipped student who knows roughly what he is getting in for. I am thankful that the facility I am in allows the rotation of the student through the various areas, I am glad I have the opportunity to see Mental Health, outside of the placement environment I don’t think I would have voluntarily stepped foot inside the ward. Tomorrow will be a good day.
Maintain The Rage