The nurses at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH) work closely with physicians and social workers to care for each patient.
Throughout the complex, multidisciplinary Yale-New Haven network, each unit has its unique responsibilities and challenges in providing high-quality patient care, and highly trained specialists who strive each day to achieve that common goal. Our nurses, because their duties require constant contact with patients and their array of needs, play a key role in this healthcare ecosystem. While certainly no one unit's nurses are more important than another's, those in psychiatric services work in particularly distinct circumstances.
Psychiatric nurses have the unique opportunity and privilege of being the people who take care of the patients 24/7. The nurses are the ones who tell them where they need to be and assure them this is a safe place. Those relationships are our most important tool.
That's the art of psychiatric nursing, which has a lot of nuance to it. It's knowing how to understand each patient, taking the time to find out who the patient is. Establishing trust is very much at the core of the nurse's role.
The Science of Nursing
The science of nursing at YNHPH applies when our technical knowledge and skills are needed when patients arrive with co-morbid medical conditions. At YNHPH we see a lot of people with heart disease, blood-pressure problems, diabetes, cancer, and all the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse. Our challenge is caring for them first in this setting before, if necessary, calling in medical specialists. That's why our nurses have a strong collaboration with Yale-New Haven's medical and surgical departments.
Relying on Teamwork
It's the internal collaboration between the triad of caregivers at YNHPH that blends art and science. The interdisciplinary cooperation between nurses, physicians and social workers is critical in immediately assessing each patient's needs, developing care plans in which patients and their families are actively involved.