As many of you know, I worked as a psych nurse at a private treatment center for 5 years. I managed the center, and had over 50 patients under my care. It was an amazing and very progressive company to work for, and I’ve missed it greatly since I’ve been disabled and unable to work.
But within the last year, things have gotten expontentially better for me. I’ve been able to live independently, go outside and to public places, and even begin a serious relationship. I felt the next logical step for me would be to return to nursing.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking with my former employer, the owner of the treatment center I used to manage, and she brought up an interesting offer to me. It was so good, and such a perfect fit for me, that I couldn’t refuse!
So as of last week, I’ve been working for the company as a nurse case manager. It’s my job to oversee the care of our patients from admission, to discharge, to returning to normal functioning. I ensure that they are receiving the best evidence-based care, refer them to specialists and community resources, manage their medical and financial benefits, and even consult with their family treatment teams.
It’s taken awhile to get used to the stress and schedule of working again. But I can truly say that I am LOVING what I’m doing everyday, and I’m SO happy to be able to help people again as a nurse.
And of course, there is no way I could’ve done this without the constant support and inspiration that I’ve received as a member of this forum over the last year. So many of you have helped and motivated me when I needed it the most. So I hope that I will be able to continue to support you in the same way
I wanted to share my awesome news with you guys!
That is awesome news. Congratulations man!
I’ve always thought of you as one of the most stable, realistic, and rational people on the forum. It’s nice to see good things happen to good people. You deserve it.
Wow that is such great news!
You are such a caring person, it’s not hard to see why nursing is a good fit for you. The people under your care are very lucky to have you on their side.
Don’t forget to take extra good care of yourself too!
Wow, I’m impressed Anthony, your job has a lot of neat responsibilities. I wish you well. You’ve a real cool guy and I am glad you are able to take this opportunity. I wish you good luck.
Congratulations Anthony. Sounds wonderful.
That is really nice,I have started going to college to try it out and im looking for part time work! wish me luck,i wish you the best @radmedtech
Congratulations Anthony! This is wonderful news - It seems to me that you are the type who works hard at achieving success for your self. You are always full of positive energy - congrats again Anthony, good going
I am super happy for you and so glad you managed to get back into nursing. I remember you posting a few times how much you loved your job. This is fantastic news. Congratulations and a huge pat on the back.
I have always been impressed by your kindness, patience and empathy. You ability to explain the other side of the medical desk so simply and logically eased a lot of anxiety on my end.
This is the best news. I had a feeling after you said you were starting a relationship again, that nursing in some capacity again wouldn’t be far behind.
This is the best news.
that is amazing, you have lucky patients, it could not have happened to a nicer person.
i have only admiration for you.
good on you.
SO glad to hear that you are 1. that healthy 2. helping ill people
I hope to work in mental health one day. You make me jealous!
Very big congrats and good luck! I know how it is to function and it’s not that easy, regardless of how stable we can get, there is no cure. I have good times and bad times. It says a lot about you that you decided to work again. You definitely have my respect. You always stuck out as having your ducks in a row and I always liked you.
For he’s a jolly good fellow…
I am glad that you are working again. You’ve always seemed like prepared person willing to help. I wish you the best of luck at your job!
That’s brilliant news Anthony. So proud of ur achievement. Good luck with and I also think ur patients r so lucky to have u on their side xxx
congrats that you have started your job last year and you must be doing good in this. I have also started doing work after 3 years of my first symptom
Thank you! And congratulations to you! Going back to work seems daunting at first, but it’s really a lot easier than starting your first job out of high school lol.
What is your new job, if you don’t mind me asking?
sounds like an advert for duracell batteries
It’s great to see you again…
I’ve been hoping things are still going well for you.
I’m always wishing the best for you.
It’s great to see you too, James! Things are better than ever. Seriously, every day exceeds my expectations lol.
How are You?
Things are going at a moderately steady rate…
Still working, still in school, still learning and growing. Still with my girlfriend, still live with my sis… and still reconnecting with family and older friends. It’s a lot of movement but it feels very steady at the same time…
I still have some glitch days… no were near as big as I used to.
I’m pretty happy with life… and still pretty amazed how well this past year has gone.
I’m so glad your working and it inspires me greatly to hear how well your doing.
Wow, that is all very impressive, James. And more than great to hear. You are a superstar in my opinion!
Thanx for your reply and kind suggestion. I am new to this site and would share my experiences with sz in this site. I am writing to you in brief my story and background
I had completed my school, college and higher education decades back. I had my PhD in Life science in 2005 from Kolkata, India. Then I moved to united kingdom in 2006 for post doc job. I was doing well in research and published 15 papers in reputed international journal and had two patents. (research was on melanin transfer in human skin).
I had my first symptom in UK in June 2011 with lot of unusual thought and was hospitalised for 24 days. Doctor said that it is delusional disorder. I was ok after that I again continued my work till may 2012. I decided to return back to my native place India in may 2012 due to personal reason, not going well with wife.
In India I got teaching job in school in Pune and was doing well but was not taking any medicine after return from UK. So my symptom relapsed again in dec 2012 and was again hospitalised for 14 days in Pune India. Doctor said I had paranoid schizophrenia. I lost interest in teaching and returned back to my home town in easten India in march 2013. I was perfectly ok but unfortunately could not get any suitable job. I was jobless from March 2013 to Jan 2015.
Finally I decided to do something by my own for my livelihood. I own a shop and completed its interior within two months. Its a gift shop and it is running well now. I am feeling happy and doing hard work by my own, like purchasing, selling, accounting and keeping the shop clean. I keep toys for children, antique items, gift for marriages, ladies bangle, ear rings, photo frame of scenery and Indian Gods.
customer’s are happy with my behaviour and with my gentle nature. No one suspect that I am having paranoid sz. I do take my medicine regularly since last two year.
Only sad side of my story is that my wife dont live with me after returning from UK in 2012. She live with her parents and working in a school. She even don’t allow me to see my kids, daughter 13 years old now and son is 9 years old now. sid is the name of my son. My wife and kids also live in the same town where I live. I have only seen my kids once in last three year. I am 40 year old now and staying with my parents and brother family. My family are very supportive to me. I had also good friend circle.