Cursing in LTC

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    Have a question. Have a friend that's just been suspended pending investigation because she responded to a residents cursing and repeated the curse back once. Other residents heard it and she has been suspended for next several days. My question is what will happen to her? Will she lose her license over this? Is it likely she'll lose her job. She is really distraught over this. She has been on the receiving end of many, many curse words and she repeats one and she is history..?
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    The membership at Allnurses.com cannot determine what will happen to your friend.

    LTC staff members cannot curse, swear, or verbally berate residents, even if the residents are being vulgar and yelling profanities at the staff. It is up to the professional to maintain composure and avoid stooping to the profane resident's level.
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    My friend works in Ks and I'm not familiar with what their State Nursing Home agency discipline guidelines are. Is it likely she will she lose her license, get some type of discipline..?
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    My friend works in Ks and I'm not familiar with what their State Nursing Home agency discipline guidelines are. Is it likely she will she lose her license, get some type of discipline..?
    I will reiterate that the membership at Allnurses.com cannot determine what will happen to your friend. I wish her the best of luck.
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    Well, I personally think that is a little over the top, but I agree with Commuter. We can't say what's going to happen. The most that may happen is she'll be fired for abuse. I doubt she will lose her license. No one knows but those looking over the case. My question is, why would she repeat the word in the first place? Why use profanity around a resident at all? There's no need to repeat something she heard, right?
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    I think a lot depends on which curse word was used, and the context in which it was used. If the nurse was responding in kind to something like "Eff you", that is entirely inappropriate and she should at least receive a written warning. However, if the resident was teasing and she parroted back the curse word, that's another kettle of fish entirely and a verbal reminder about language should suffice.

    Of course, I wasn't there and thus don't know
    the context, so I echo the other posters in saying that we really can't advise you or make an intelligent guess as to what the management will do in this case. It does seem a bit over-the-top to suspend someone for single curse word, but again, it all depends on context.

    Personally, I've cussed in front of a resident before, but only when I knew the resident didn't mind it. Even so, I've never used foul language, only the occasional "damn" or "oh crap" if I do something irritating, like drop an armload of clean linens on the floor.
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    Thank you Viva for the information on the context. She is a good nurse. I believe she had a knee jerk slip of the tongue.
    From her account, she was verbally threatened and may have been caught off guard. Thank you for the advice!!
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    Nurse or CNA if they cursed at a resident, most likely I'd fire them. It could be considered verbal abuse or even a threat.
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    There's a huge difference between swearing "in front of" a resident and swearing "at" a resident. Also what's considered a swear word can be subjective. I don't consider "hell" or "damn" to be cussing. And I know I've muttered "oh, sh**!" a few times when I drop a pill or something. Sometimes stuff like that just slips out. A manager who punishes someone for something like that is a manger who has too much time on his hands, IMO. Obviously, telling a resident to "eff off" would be a whole different story.
    theleaf, VivaLasViejas, and SE_BSN_RN like this.
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    It's not about whether YOU consider it a swear word. It's whether the resident does. Certainly saying "oh sh**" if you drop a pill is far different than cursing at the resident, but we need to remember, we are in THEIR home and they're old. My grandmother thought the word "cripes" was too vulgar to say in public.
    VivaLasViejas likes this.


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