Here are some humorous and informative facts I have written from my experience in hospitals.
About psychiatric hospitals:
The top 2 stories of our own little news:
Which patient went in the seclusion room
Seeing a new name or a erased name on the
board in the nurse’s office
Psychiatric nurses are more patient and caring than the regular nurses’ even tough they generally have more stressful experiences
We can differentiate new patients from long-term male patients by recognizing if he wears straps to hold his pants up
Patients feels rich with nothing; 10$ seems to them like the jackpot. Everyone should have that appreciation of small things
Privacy is a privilege. e.g. You cannot use a rasor by yourself. You need a nurse to watch while your shaving your legs (very uncomfortable). A little advice; have a electric shaver.
There are actually 3 services that are free in life… (well in a hospital) You can get your hair washed, cut, highlighted, colored, permed and styled. You can also get you dental works and your eyes checked and some free activities.
Contrary to one of many myths, a psychiatric hospital is a very safe place. The staff are trained to recognize signs that patients could hurt somebody or hurt themselves and make appropriate measures to ensure the safety.
The small animals are unbelievably friendly… for some, even more friendly than our family members. You can complain for hours and they just stare at you with their little smile
Psychiatrist aren’t all short (referring to the name “shrink”) , don’t all have long beards, you don’t sit in a long chair and they don’t fall asleep during the conversation
The seclusion rooms don’t have padded walls
The NBPH actually believes in eliminating boredom as part of the treatment.