I also work in mental health, often when we report an incident to the police of assault; we get told it too goes with the territory. The patients I work with are fully aware of their behaviour and know they can get away with it, as there are no consequences.
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Hi just want to say, if nursing is what you really want to do, go for it.
This your life and this is your decision.
You sound like a kind person, i wish you all the best of luck for your exams and future career.