I've been spit at and slapped in the @$$ by a patient with dementia. Nice. I guess he wasn't *that* confused as he knew exactly where to aim
I also worked with a patient in LTC that would not let me help her with HS care. She clawed me, swore at me, told me she'd kill me, and that she'd make sure that I got fired. She kept saying "you sick, sick people". She then growled, and tried to bite me. I felt terrible, as I felt that I had upset her simply by offering to help her. This is where I began to question if I am actually helping people or simply prolonging suffering.
These are the worst cases, but I am still a student....
Another lady (without dementia or a psych dx) felt the need to be extremely rude to me. As she refused all care, I asked if she would like to have her ATN changed at the very least. She agreed to that, but would not let me raise her bed. I explained that I needed to raise the bed as part of (TLR) safety protocol, and so I did not injure my back or her (that just kind of came out). She snarled/fired out "you don't need to do that, your back will be fine, who cares about your back" and proceeded to try and swat my hand as I reached for the button.
Makes me regret going into nursing at all.
Sorry if this offends, but I am just being honest. I am really struggling right now with my choice. I won't put up with this. I was abused as a child, I have no intentions of being abused as an adult, let alone at my workplace.
It's disgusting how the public too often gives little respect to the people who are caring for them. Aside from the cases where the disease process is the cause of the behaviour and thus not their fault, there are a good number of fully cognitive people who simply see nurses as a worthless punching bag.
I don't expect a thank you card or even a thank you from clients, but I don't expect to be abused either.