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- 0May 4, '13 by mish_RNTonight was busy as usual (stabbing, gsw, MBA, etc), I work at a level ll trauma center. First night I was called a **** and a ***** in one sentence from a drunk that got jumped at a club. I had to leave the room to make sure I keep my job. How do you guys handle belligerent pts who are out of control? Thanks in advance.Last edit by Esme12 on May 4, '13 : Reason: TOS
- 2May 4, '13 by itsnoworneverWhy get upset? He's a drunk! It's not like your husband calling you that or anything. He's not important. Day 1 I was called a *******and se other creative slurs, it made me laugh!
Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!Last edit by Esme12 on May 4, '13 : Reason: TOS
- 2May 4, '13 by gcupidAll nurses get cursed out. It's the norm, especially in a huge inner city ER. I usually laugh or set boundaries. (my boundary setting is a look and my voice tone changes slightly). You can call me whatever you want but if you put your hands on me (self defense will take over) security is going to have to pull me off of you. Patients can sense who to mess with and also how far you are willing to allow disrespect.
- 3May 4, '13 by lmccrn62Just ignore their behavior. Saying anything agitates them. Wait till you get the old granny that calls you the "f" word. People whose minds are messed up from disease, drugs or alcohol have no control, doesn't make it right but its human behavior.
- 3May 4, '13 by SweetMelissaRNLol I'm am avid fan of killing them with kindness, while I'm laughing in their face bc they are being sedated by me, it usually makes me feel so empowered! Oh you want to call me a ***** and tell me I should die? Here, have some geodon and versed... Sweet dreams!Last edit by Esme12 on May 4, '13 : Reason: TOS
- 8May 4, '13 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorWhile it helps with the story.....we can't use profanity even if it is disguised with letters and symbols....please use all symbols....
I have been called everything but blonde and white (which is my hair color and race). There is something about the impaired mind that goes straight to profanity. Every 18 year old head injury, or intoxicated with substances, will shout repetitively at the top of their lungs their favourite four letter word that begins with the letter.....F. Somehow they never get hoarse.....on of natures wonders.
I have confronted gang members and I can indulge in some colorful language myself on occasion.....but never let the patients get under your skin.
Even if they are sober and just being spiteful and mean.....I will NEVER give them the satisfaction of knowing the bugged me.
I really can't be bothered with someone that has such a limited vocabulary that profanity is the only way the can express themselves indicates to me that they have the IQ of the amount of teeth in their mouth divided by 2.
Clearly not worth my time......
This particular patient that used that language to you is clearly why they got jumped at the club.
Consider the source...and when you start their IV...you just never know if they need a large bore.....just saying....
- 1May 4, '13 by Altra GuideThis:
Quote from gcupidAnd this:Patients can sense who to mess with and also how far you are willing to allow disrespect.
Quote from lmccrn62This too:Wait till you get the old granny that calls you the "f" word. People whose minds are messed up from disease, drugs or alcohol have no control, doesn't make it right but its human behavior.
Quote from Esme12And last but not least ... this, too:never let the patients get under your skin.
Quote from Esme12Consider the source...and when you start their IV...you just never know if they need a large bore.....just saying....