Hello, all. Well, I'm back again for some more good advice. You all give such good advice all the time.
Here's my problem: I have a hard time getting away from talkative patients. I just don't know how to get them to end the conversations without getting firm. You know, I'll say something like, "Well, I have to go, I'll see you in a bit". And these people will keep talking like I haven't got anything better to do than stay in their rooms all the time.
I love my quiet patients who don't talk much. And I noticed that it's mostly the little older patients that give you this problem. I guess because they are often so lonely and want companionship. And i am a really nice, sensitive, person. And I think that I am guilty of approval addiction. I am trying very hard to be like the other nurses who i work with who can just go into a room and show no emotion, but they do their jobs well. But, when I turn my back and walk off from the talkers in mid-sentence, I always get the butterflies in my stomach as if I've done something that wasn't right.
Please help me. I can't keep letting these people control me with on-going talk even after I've told them that I got to go. Do you think it would be bad of me to just walk off while they are talking? Because that's what I sometimes feel like doing. Because I told them that I was busy and didn't have time to talk in a very nice way. They don't do this with the nurses that show them no affection. I feel they are taking advangtage of my kindness. How can I get away without feeling guilty? I sometimes feel that being nice is a curse and I wish I could be a little more non-chalant.
Thank you in advance.