I'm a nurse on a med-surg/oncology floor and have been taking care of this patient. He has lung cancer and is in and out of the hospital. We formed quite a bond the last couple of times he was in and I've talked with his wife alot since she's been at his bedside all the time.
Well, the other night I had him and she wasn't there. He asked me some personal questions like how I keep my skin so nice, what sign I am, etc. but didn't think anything of it because he's an old guy and I'm married with four children. I think maybe the meds he's on for pain and sleep at the time made him a little goofy too. Well, I was saying bye at the end of my shift and he told me to give him a "kiss" and I went to give him a kiss on the cheek because he was supposed to go home in the am so I wouldn't see him and lots of times when our frequent pts go home we kiss or hug them. Well I went to give him a kiss and he moved so his lips touched mine!! I was quite shocked and like ran out of the room. He then proceeded to say "I love you" and after going home and thinking about it I just felt really yucky. Don't know if I can take care of this pt anymore. I'd just be too uncomfortable. How do you handle pts like this?