Nwachi's Psych Nursing Story

Nwachi ChigbunduThis month, we hear from Nwachi Chigbundu, a nurse providing care to inner city New York:

Prior to psychiatric-mental health nursing, I had other nursing experiences, including surgery, maternal child health, school nurse, and home visit nursing. However, psychiatric nursing is so different as it requires compassion and patience.

"I continued to provide compassionate care."

Working in inner city of New York, we service patients that are dealing with numerous social issues as well as mental and medical issues. Because of stress, the majority of these patients display hostility towards the providers.

I had one female patient that spilled juice on my blouse because she was frustrated about being in a locked unit and not having the freedom to her usual lifestyle. Well, I continued to provide compassionate care to this patient, a week later, she came to me and apologized for spilling juice on my blouse. She also informed other patients to go to me if they are experiencing difficulty in the unit.

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