Patient's husband in my face...

  1. I had a husband of a patient who was in my face for the first few hours of my shift. "Don't you people communicate, why is my wife here she's supposed to be....., Is this visit covered by my insurance, I'm not paying for this....I need to make a very important called to my lawyer,...etc" I thought OMG why me, this is my first stinking moment on my own and look what I get stuck with, a major a**hole! I decided right then and there not to be intimidated and keep on going. Well let me say I feel like SUPER NURSE! He calmed down as my shift progressed. Kind to find out, he was terrified by not being in control. By the end of my shift he thanked me and was smiling and laughing with other family members. My preceptor kept an eagle eye on me and said I "did good"! I feel so proud of myself. I know that every situation won't end like this, but it feels soooooo good right now.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Chibi Baka
    Thats great!

    I know that must be fustrating with a nervous man up your butt all day though.


    congrats to keeping your cool!:hatparty:
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Sounds like you are to be congratulated. Not an easy task and you did it very well.
  5. by   MryRose
    Excellent job!!!!
  6. by   yaddadoit
    A giant round of applause for you!! Sounds like the husband was just as much your patient as his wife!

    Although you probably won't have a way to tell, ultimately, it will be your patient who received the benefit. I'm sure that having a calmer husband led to a less stressful stay for her and also, maybe he was able to be more supportive of your patient once his worries had been addressed. Again, great job helping to promote a healing, positive environment for your patient!
  7. by   Chaya
    Yeah- we really do care for the family as a whole and not just the patient. Keep hangin' in.
  8. by   BabyRN2Be
    Good job, vhope! That must be a really great feeling that you were able to "tame the tiger."
  9. by   RNPATL
    :hatparty: BRAVO to you!!!!! :hatparty:
  10. by   Tweety
    Woot! Therapeutic communication to the max! BRAVO indeed!

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