Monday, September 24, 2012

Psychiatric Nursing grad helps clients get out of their heads

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By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Do you believe that small acts can result in big changes? Chad Madden does. A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing program, Chad works as part of a community mental health team on the Downtown Eastside. When meeting with clients, he keeps in mind that little things can make a big difference.

“I had an instructor early in the program who put things into perspective for me," he recalls. "She said when dealing with some clients – say someone with schizophrenia who is living in their head all the time, paranoid about everything, worried about everything, just tortured by their own thoughts – if you can talk to them for five minutes, just about last night’s Canucks game or something reality-based, and take them out of their head for a short time, you’ve done something good.

“I always remember that, and I think it’s a very cool, unique way of looking at it. I don’t think you can go into this line of work expecting to cure anybody. I think you can just go in hoping to make some connections and maybe help someone cope a little better or even just listen to their story.”

Learn more about the Psychiatric Nursing program on the Douglas College website. Or come to an info session Oct. 16 or Nov. 13 at the Coquitlam Campus.

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