How far would you go for a verbally abusive patient? I have one of those and it is tiring caring for him. I find I can only do what is legally required for him, no more no less. If he was semi-decent I would go the extra mile.
But with patients like this, I cannot be a verbal punching bag. I try to sympathize considering they are in the hospital, but when they are in their right mind and choose to abuse staff, I could care less about their progress. I wish them no harm but my well of compassion dries and my compassion is withered by these type of patients.
Dealing with this type of patient I question how compassionate I am. For me I guess 'kindness is reserved for the kind.' If they are decent, I will go the extra mile as much as I can. But I won't do it for people who could care less and dont care that there are people in the hospital who really want and need our help and who are not drug seeking.
I will always give 100% when caring for all my patients. But for those who are intentionally verbally abusive and manipulative. They will just get the bare minimum of what I need to as their nurse.
I know this sounds depressing but dealing with this patient and trying giving him the benefit of the doubt and give him 100% and even going the extra mile to talk to the Doc and nurses about this social issues that would help him get better, were just a waste of my time. This experience has left me a bit jaded and annoyed.
Dealing with this guy really was so draining, it my day off and I am still fuming about it.
How do you handle abusive patients?