No, really - what is your EMERGENCY?

This used to be the journal of a nursing student at a prestigious 4 year university that will still remain unnamed. This is now the journal of a Registered Nurse working in an Emergency Department in a major US city. All names have been changed to protect the stupid and the mean. There is no educational value in this journal, sometimes it will be downright mean and catty - this is where I come to vent!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Some people just shouldn't breed. But I supposed if you are responsible enough to realize that then you would be responsible enough to not give your daughter cocaine and let your boyfriend beat on her. You also would probably not allow your already tending towards violence 14 year old boy to be exposed to your S&M/bondage fetish.

I would say 90% of the teens that are on my psych clinical floor would not be there if they had even semi-capable parents. Honestly, that is a maddening thought - these kids are screwed up (some of them permanently) because their parents are idiots. Now, there are some that have mental health disorders that probably would have developed no matter what like schizophrenia, but most have behavior issues that are learned or are reactions to disruptions/lack of support in their psychosocial development. I will agree that some kids are just genetically pre-disposed to having a mental illness, but for many it may not manifest itself if there is not a precipitating stressor - like abuse from a parent.

Things I learned today:

1. Nurses have more tact than doctors and a better chance of explaining things so the 8th grade educated mother of a schizophrenic teenager can understand what is happening.
2. Nothing good ever comes of a sentence that starts, "So, the mother's boyfriend....."
3. Cucumbers don't stay fresh for 2 weeks after they have been cut up.


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