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I am an RN who works on a 20 bed locked hospital Psychiatric

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I am an RN who works on a 20 bed locked hospital Psychiatric Unit. I feel our unit is too loose & would appreciate your viewpoint on restricted items. We have nothing written down for guidelines & I am alarmed by items getting through the door. Perhaps you could suggest a site for contraband issues. Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

A good resource may be www.allnurses.com/psychiatricnursing and then I wold serach for contraband. Best wishes and good luck.

 

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I have been to that site previously & it is useful. I was hoping more of a personal account of what you have experienced & seen working in the mental health field.

 

 

 

Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

Sorry, Thought you just wanted something in terms of a resource with new ideas. When I worked on an inpatient unit several years ago and after a number of serious assaults, especially from patients transferred from other units, the following occurred: The administration was notified that the staff was having a meeting and they were invited to come. The union rep was there too. The complaints were voiced, including the hospital's liability. The administrator agreed that there was a problem and agreed to contact other hospitals for there policy and procedural manuals. From there a P & P was culled for this unit. Staffing patterns were also then arranged too with iattentio as to security.

I hope this information was more helpful.

 

Here is the specific link: http://allnurses.com/psychiatric-nursing/contraband-checks

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

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Ralph LMHC

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Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

 

My attempt at leaving you feedback failed-leaping off in cyber space so I will do so here

 

You appear to be a caring and concerned RN in a difficult situation. Wish you success in your undertaking and recommend that it be a joint project with input from all>

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

 

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