Yesterday my partner and I did the nursing intake assessment on a new patient to the adult unit. The nurse's advice? "Be CAREFUL girls! Don't let him get between you and the door, he's got a history of violent outbursts, isn't medicated, and is bigger than you".
Because that's going to make us feel REALLY comfortable.
So we sat down, carefully, and began our assessment. "You two are students?" he asked. "Yep!" I replied, knowing that Truthfulness Is Important, "GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN" he said, admirably demonstrating pressured speech and delusional ideation. "THEY MAKE YOU KILL PEOPLE!!! AND THEY GIVE YOU MEDICATION THAT MAKES YOU NOT LIVE FOREVER WE CAN ALL LIVE FOREVER YOU KNOW" he said, at the top of his lungs.
A few minutes later, we were done, worried, and sent to keep the rest of the ward from hurting each other.
It's quite a rotation...