I am a new nurse who started working in a large teaching hospital on a med/surg floor almost a year ago. It's been hard enough adjusting to being a "real" nurse, but we get a lot of patients that are not exactly, for lack of a better term, "nice."
I am constantly stressed at work because it is very frequent that I feel threatened by one (or more) of my patients. Today I had a woman literally scream at me and lurch toward me while screaming "Ask me that <insert profanity here> question again, go ahead, ask me that <and here> question again!" Luckily I was by the door and able to make a quick escape.
This just got me thinking how often this happens. I have to deal with so many innapropriate people it is just making me sick. And there is no reasoning with these people because they have no morals/values/conscience. I just don't think I deal with it much longer without going nuts.
Does anyone else have any similar experiences? I could never imagine that as a NURSE I would have to fear for my own safety... that is one reason I chose not to work on psych.
Thanks for letting me vent- this is wearing me out!
I was going to say repeat this mantra "Be like nurse Rachet. Be like Nurse Rachet" but she beat me to it
No kidding, get out "One Flew over teh Cuckoo's Nest" and watch louise Fletcher - copy THAT look. It is called "the look"- cool completely closed down and NONREACTIVE.
Lesson 1 Rabid patients are not really different from rabid dogs - (Well - you can shoot the dogs) . Moral - you cannot show your fear.
If they come at you like that (assuming there is no psychiatric reason for the behaviour) straighten up cross your arms and look intmidating.
I am truly sorry you had this experience - I remember another thread about impossbile patients (called Is it legal to kill a patient) where I gave similar advice and had to eat my words as I met an uncontrollable patient.
We have all been there and this is not a situation that is covered in the nursing books - it should be but it isn't.
It might help you to get more self-confidence by doing a self defence/Judo class. It will help you to think "this person can only yell at me - words can't hurt me."
Oh Yes! and document document, document. If you are really concernd about one of these bullies trying to take you to court then start carrying a tape deck like the Police do. If nothing else maybe you can play the tape for some of your superiors :kiss
Last edit by gwenith on May 6, '03