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Whats the most stressful/challenging part of being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

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Rebecca’s Answer

I am not a NP, but I have spent time working in mental health. I LOVED it. I would say that one of the most difficult parts of working in mental health is managing aggressive behaviors. Learning how to be hands-on and utilizing proper restraints can be overwhelming, especially when faced with an aggressive patient. It can feel incredibly scary when you are in those situations- and when you are on the ward (especially if you aren't used to being surrounded by patients with mental illness and all the behavior that results from these illnesses), you are almost always on high alert. That being said, I found that the rewards were well worth the risks and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I had to get to know patients more intimately than in a physical health setting.
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Caroline’s Answer

From my experience in hiring and working with psychiatric nurse practitioners. The most stressful part of their job comes as a newer provider. You never know when to call 911 , or when a patient needs to switch a medication that perhaps is not working for them. Overtime practitioners at my company become more comfortable with making emergency decisions. I would also say it is a challenge to gather all your licenses and documentation to join a practice. Many new grads do not know how long it takes to have your DEA, Mal Practice insurance , NPI, NP License, ect. My advice is to build resiliency & ask for help when you need it. Visit SohoMD.com If you interested in knowing some of our PsychNPs, you may find their bios quite interesting.
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