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Which of these do you think I should choose? ( I value your opinions!!)-

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tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:11:35

Right- some of you may find this a bit boring.

Basically as some of you will know- I am a Mental Health student nurse, next july I get the chance to partake in an 'elective' placement- ie, I choose where I go.
Normally we are encouraged to go overseas but as I have children, this is impractical (GRR!)

so therefore I am staying in Birmingham and have decided to spend time in an area that perhaps I may like to work one day ( still with me)

so today I have discussed it with my tutor and narrowed it down to the following-

A Forensic Child and Adolescent Medium Secure unit- patients ( between ages of 10 and 18) referred to the service with mental health problems with associated behaviour that places themselves or others at risk of serious harm through direct violence to people (including homicide), sexually aggressive behaviour or destuctive use of fire. (very challenging- this unit had the boys who killed James Bulger there for most of their sentence, so I doubt its a cheery place to work)

Community Child and Adolescent mental health services- as the title suggests- working within the community with children suffering MH problems.

Mother and Baby unit at hospital- (9 bedded unit) looking after mothers with their young children- mothers suffering from Bipolar, severe PND, post pleural psychosis.


All of the above interest me, these are placements that I would poissibly not normally get as a 2nd yr student so its a good opportunity to 'expand my knowledge!'

what do you lot think?
I ahve to choose soon so another student doesnt pip me to the post

dissle Tue 18-Sep-07 16:24:35

good god!
i think that this decision is VERY personal.
i dont think that any one could advise you about this, it is your choice alone.

i dont really understand why you are asking tbh, its your career, your future and your choice, you will be doing this.
i suppose you could ask yourself which placement will help you to get the job that you want, which will be the most useful?

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:26:06

sorry- should read post PARTUM psychosis

dissle Tue 18-Sep-07 16:26:36

sorry, not wanting to sound argumentative its just so specialised and personal.

personally i would rather shovel shit till the cows come home than go into an environment like that, it just is not my thing iyswim.

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:26:59

I dont want people to choose it for me! just wanted to share my thoughts and see what people thought.

smurfgirl Tue 18-Sep-07 16:28:06

I would chose the mother and baby unit - you will probably learn a lot about quite a specialist area which could be v.helpful and maybe set you apart on your CV

Would you not get a camhs placement in 3rd year anyway?

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:28:53

sorry does that make sense? I thought because this is a parenting board, someone may have a bit of experience relating to PND or Child mental health issues that could help me.

I dont think I worded it right.

dissle Tue 18-Sep-07 16:28:57

ahhh ok, so where do you want to work eventually, which do you think would be the most impressive on your cv when you qualify?
which do you think that you personally will get the most benefit?

sounds like facinating placements btw.

RubyRioja Tue 18-Sep-07 16:30:51

Well if you want a lay persons opinion, I'd go with the Mother and Baby unit. It seems to me that it would provide a more optimistic start to a career - ie helping families to stay together from the outset. I personally would find the other settings too grim for me. Plus less likely to risk physical violence for me, a consideration for someone with small children.

There you go, an uninformed and selfish perspective grin

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:33:17

CAMHS is a bit odd in bham smurfgirl, its not actually under Birm and solihull MH trust- it comes under Birm Childrens Hospital trust, and so the child branch students tend to get it over us.

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:35:26

Thats the thing really- I would love to work with adolescents, but I find the Mother & Baby unit fascinating also, im really torn between the two and thought that having an elective with either would be a good opportunity- but I cant choose between the two.


Will do some more reading around each one I think.

thanks

fireflyfairy2 Tue 18-Sep-07 16:36:02

I'd go for the mother & baby unit too.

A very specialised area (not that the others aren't) but it will be a career you will get a great deal of satisfaction from.

RubyRioja Tue 18-Sep-07 16:39:10

Or at a practical level, go for the area which generally has bigger budgets and more jobs.

Peachy Tue 18-Sep-07 16:40:20

Have some experience of the mother and baby unit through support work, and they're very interesting but I have to say the forensic unit would be my call- certainly wouldn't touch CAMHS with abargepol;e, their rep amongst the Sn community is dire!

Lucky you- when I was nurse training our palcements were in bloody Asda!

Tamum Tue 18-Sep-07 16:45:24

<disclaimer, I have no idea what I'm talking about>

Is it possible that you might find the Forensic Unit deeply challenging and upsetting? I just wonder whether, if you did, it might adversely affect your job prospects afterwards. I am not phrasing this well, but very often the people who do well at interview are people who can really enthuse about some aspect of their work experience. You might have a better chance of that with the mother and baby unit, but that might be my scaredy-cat-ness

Peachy Tue 18-Sep-07 16:47:41

Read back your list- which gets your heart rate going?

For me it was the forensic unit- he rest apled into significance. Practicality aside then, which 'does' it for you?

Tamum Tue 18-Sep-07 16:49:10

Actually Peachy is right, if that inspires you then it's really worth a shot, isn't it. It's certainly going to set you apart from the average second year, as you say! I am just a wuss...

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:49:29

Forensic unit peachy, but the only thing that concerns me ( massively) is that deep down, do I really want to in effect be a 'prison officer'? Thats what really puts me off.

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 16:50:01

not a wuss tamum- proably just sensible!

Peachy Tue 18-Sep-07 17:04:33

I don't think you wuld be tbh, I think you'd learn an awful lot about a section of society that most people just don't get any contact with- and as many units do have secure areas at varying levels, then it's valuable experience.

tiredemma Tue 18-Sep-07 17:10:14

decisions decisions!!

I need to do a bit more research I think to help me choose.

thanks everyone.

harrisey Wed 19-Sep-07 23:30:23

I was in a mother and baby unit at one point and it was actually a very relaxing, nice, cheerful place to be. But it was, in effect, a psychy ward which I presume you already have experience of as a student. Well, thats how it felt to me (having had experience of both )

If it was me, I'd do the forensics, just as it is SO specialiosed and different, not somehting you would see every day. You might be amazed at the 'cheeriness' of it. I used to do some teaching years ago in a secure unit and in the end, though they had problems, the boys I met were just kids, and they reacted like kids for a lot of the time. You were aware of their problems, but treating them like normal teenagers really brought out the best in them and one got an A for Higher Geography - better result than most of the kids in my school (unit was attatched for teaching staff).

Peachy Thu 20-Sep-07 13:55:25

Well sone ahrrissey- i'd love to teach somewhere like that, but it has to eb siomething you're called to doesn't it, either it motivates you or it doesnt

harrisey Thu 20-Sep-07 16:46:38

Peachy - it was part of the deal with the job (which was a nice one) that you also taught a day a week in the educationally attatched unit. I did it cos I thouht it might be interesting, and I loved it, really. But only for ayear. Though it was the school, not the unit, that I decided to leave!

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