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Call for mental health nurses to recognise patients' poor physical health


why does everyone feel the need to make themselves out to be whiter than white. i'm a realist and with greatest of respect you see as many adult nurses who smoke and are very overweight as any other. to be fair with some of the most terrible things that are happening in peoples minds with mental illness, not smoking and not eating crappy foods arent really that high on the priorities when people are in acute phases of illness....just the fact that a cigarette might give them 2-3 minutes of relaxation or that the burger they are eating is better than eating nothing. and lets not be PC some people with mental illness can be little buggers with no fear of consequence of drug taking, binge drinking, no matter what i do as a nurse until they want to change they wont. if only those of you who cast such judgement hoe emotionally draining being an RMN can be you would not critisize...when i was a student nurse i thought i was on a good fiddle working less hard than the adult students, then i found someone who had killed wasnt the sight of a dead body, it was that i knew that person and it hurt they didnt tell me they felt like that, i racked my brains and ultimatley you cant stop fate and that is painfull.....when soemone you have known for years suddenly becomes unwell and destroys their dont know what it is to "deal" with mental health as the relationships are over much longer and much deeper, mental health comes out of the equation and you remember people by people...what you "deal" with is the obvious symptoms of mental health you see at that time. I get really annoyed with stuff like this...everything in mental health is geared up for people taking responsibility for themselves which means that bad choices should be respected as well as success stories. When i have to sit with mental health patients in general hospitals i very often am underwhelmed with what i see and think id much rather be ill in a mental health unit than a general hospital.

Posted date

22 March, 2011

Posted time

6:08 pm