Do you have any advice for this student nurse?
“I’m in my first year and planning on studying mental health nursing next year. Having suffered from depression myself I really want to be able to help others going through the same.
“I was so excited about starting branch-specific lectures and placements next year but having just completed my first mental health exposure placement I’m not so sure.
“On my second day on the ward I witnessed my first restraint and it was horrific. The patient was so angry and even though the staff talked to him and reassured him throughout and I understand that they had to do something to reduce the risk, it was awful to see a person being pinned down against their will. I know I don’t have to be a part of it as a student but I’m now asking myself if I really want to go into a career where I have to do that.
“Is restraint really necessary? How can I avoid ever having to do it and still be a mental health nurse?”
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