Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

Name of Hospital: Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital (UCLA)

City, State/Province, Country: Los Angeles, California, USA

Number of Stars: 1.5

Comment: I was admitted voluntarily (with a 72hr hold) for suicidal ideation when I was a minor.

The floor staff was intensely controlling, as well as manipulative to serve that end (attaining a “controlled environment”). The nurses openly refused rights, even ones that were listed on the walls, and would deliberately ignore patients’ concerns, often acting in complete, unapologetic opposition to them. In a sweeping and general sense, the ward was watched over like a kindergarten classroom, differences being they did everything they could to hear every conversation and every word between patients, there was a much higher supervisor-to-peer ratio, and most of the medical staff seemed to avidly dislike the patients.

Approximately:

10% of nurses – were capable and respectful
90% of nurses – were severely incapable and disrespectful

The psychiatrists I saw were mostly annoyed with the fact they worked there in the first place, which for the patients means apathy and unwillingness to help. The head psychiatrist outright did not believe I should have ever been in the hospital the first place. They pressured me into taking medications (as well as to increase my dosages once on it), when at the time, I did not want to. I reacted negatively to every drug they had me try with only a single exception. I wasn’t allowed to switch doctors, and the one I was stuck with and I both agreed his skillset did not match what I was in need of. The standard patient timeline, as far as their psychiatrists seemed to care was: Get in, take the drugs, then to get out as soon as possible.
The social workers were extremely reluctant to do anything for anyone. Their power seemed to be limited heavily by doctor’s opinions and decisions. The staff members that were not doctors or nurses (i.e. their music teacher, art room directors, etc.) were for the most part, kind, understanding, and respectful to the patients.)

There was deck time (“outside”) and it was listed as a right and treated as a privilege . The food was better than average as far as hospitals go. There was a day room/dining room, a hallway, and five or six rooms, all constantly monitored. There was a small fitness room, an art room, a music teacher and a recreation coordinator. Most of the time on the ward is spent in the dayroom with the staff doing mindfulness exercises (there were CBT exercises or other non-mindfulness related activities, though mindfulness is their core philosophy.

I personally view this as negative, because mindfulness, there, was not a word in its own right, but had become a simplistic way of writing off any issues the patients had involving their own brains. (i.e. If a patient states they feel they might have a panic attack if they continue with one of the activities for that day, the nurses would say something like “Just be mindful of the things around you, focus on your breathing; you’ll feel better,” and often refuse to accept an alternative solution, or even that the patient might not have enough or even any power over their mental state.)

Facilities, food, nonmedical aspects – 1 out of 1 stars.
Overall healthcare – 0.5 out of 4 stars
TOTAL=1.5 out of 5 stars

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: being under 18 seemed to allow the staff to, easily, restrict my rights and ignore my concerns

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