Essay on A Nurse At The University Of Michigan Hospital

838 Words Jul 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
I have been a nurse at the University of Michigan hospital for eleven years. Currently, I work in the psychiatric emergency department. Our patients’ ages range from toddlers to adults. Some of the frequent diagnoses we see are: bipolar disorder, suicidality, psychosis, anxiety, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. These patients can be very challenging and often have complex medical comorbidities such as cancer, diabetes, cardiac problems, and other medical problems. My job is to triage our patients and make sure that they are medically suitable to speak to a social worker and then a psychologist. Often times, our patients have recently been through traumatic life events.
When a large majority of our patient population presents to our ED, they are in crisis. These crisis can be very challenging. Some examples of this during the recent months are; 1.) A Mother who found her son hanging (deceased) in the bathroom; 2.) An autistic child going through puberty who has started becoming aggressive and beating his Mother; 3.) A newly manic patient whose family is scared and unfamiliar with this diagnosis.
Along with the patient’s crisis, comes a dire need for education. When I first started this unit, nursing education (computer documented) was at a bare minimum. Another nurse and I have started to educate staff on how to document education on specific diagnoses. This is an important Nursing Sensitive Quality Indicator and an imperative need for our patients. We…

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