I had a horrible patient one night. Grouchy, demanding, manipulative, sexist, the list goes on and on. But I wouldn't let him play me. I lay down the rules and was courteous, but matter-of-fact and firm.
Anyway, walking in to work the next day I just decided I couldn't deal with having him as a patient again. So I called my floor and asked if I could please not have him back. The charge nurse's response? "He beat you to it!" He had already requested not to have *me* back! I thought it was really funny and wasn't offended at all. Some people just don't get along with other people. As a patient, I fired a nurse once before too. I couldn't breathe as soon as she walked into the room. She reeked of cigarette smoke and when I told her I had asthma and asked for a different nurse she came back doused in perfume and reeking of cigarette smoke. So I asked to speak with the charge RN and got a new nurse.
Speaking of firing, another time -when I briefly worked inpatient pedi- I was finishing up my shift and popped my head in to see my very favorite patient one last time. He was 7 and super smart and super small and super sweet and super sensitive. His mom asked me who would be his nurse that morning. When I told them, he started to cry. I thought "Oh God, what did she do to him?" and took Mom into the hall asking her what the problem was. Turned out he had that nurse the day before and she was terribly gruff, didn't really respect Mom's wishes, and hardly paid any attention to the patient's emotional needs. They requested to never have her again. Again, cleared up by speaking with the charge nurse.
I don't really sweat it. A nurse/patient relationship is similar to any other relationship in a lot of ways. Sometimes you just don't get along with certain people.