Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m a first-year mental health branch student nurse and I’m on my first acute inpatient placement.
“Having experienced dealing with mental health problems within my own family I felt fairly prepared to start the course; but this placement has really scared me.
“On my first day I witnessed a patient being restrained after refusing medication a number of times. It was horrible to watch. He was really fighting against the nurses and nursing assistants who were doing the restraint and even though I do understand that he was very unwell, I find it so hard to believe that this was the only way to get him the help he needs.
“There’s been a few instances since this which have made me really anxious, such as patients being really verbally aggressive and someone throwing a yoghurt in the dayroom (sounds ridiculous now but it was the anger behind it that scared me).
“My mentor says that the ward is “really acute” at the moment but even so, is this my future career?”
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