Quote from TriciaJ
He has a right to be as loony as he wants. You have a responsibility to provide care for him. Period. Do not take anyone's stupid stuff personally. Even if he means it to be. If he's being cared for in a nursing home, he is already struggling with powerlessness. Many people don't handle it well. Fantasizing that he has the power to send you to a concentration camp is as good as it gets for him.
I once had a patient threaten to tell my husband on me; "You know what you done". Uh huh. Yeah, whatever.
I both agree and disagree with you. (How confusing is that!). Yes, I do have a responsibility to provide for this patient, ( I don't believe I stated the gender of this patient). However; the tide is turning in nursing to recognize that nurses are no longer required to be beat up, spit at, physically abused and verbally abused.
Anti Semitic remarks are not acceptable in any realm.
This patient is completely oriented and knows exactly what was being said.
Consider if you will this situation in reverse and this patient had shared with me their own Jewish heritage and I had said, I'm going to send you to the Concentration Camps". I would be fired that day.
I think it's time that patients are held accountable for their actions.
Being sick isn't an excuse for being rascist.
Several hospitals in my area are employing "Patient Behavior Contracts" that clearly state a patient cannot be verbally abusive or racist. We have a large population of foreign doctors here who have to put up with horrible statements on a routine basis.
It's time for a change.