Just a little encouragement for my peers out there. When you have a difficult patient or someone who doesn't seem to appreciate the work you are doing, try to put yourself in their shoes. Today I had clinical 0640-1440 and my patient had me wanting to leave for the day at about 0730 because of being so rude and yelling/cussing at me every single time I entered the room. (The nurse that gave report from overnight had stated this patient was very grumpy so I expected it) but to have such disrespect when you are trying so hard...it is disheartening. But once he was eating breakfast and I had a few minutes I went to recompose myself. And I really thought hard about it. My patient had some issues with his home-life, and his diagnosis list was long! He had things from HTN, to CA, to CHF and other issues! He is obviously in the hospital because he is sick! And I thought about it, and I really think he just didn't cope with his diagnosis list. When I asked him a question, every answer was "I don't care". Could you honestly imagine having all these problems? I would probably be a bit grumpy too. Add in the pain he was in and I could understand. But each time I went in to his room I thought on this and I put on a smile and asked how he was doing. And ya know what? He became nicer to me and more manageable as the day went on. No more cussing at me or throwing things. We were even able to talk about his family and his life at home. So don't give up! Just because things may be hard on those certain days at clinical, remember why you are there, and try to put yourself in their place. See it from their point of view, it helps!