I had a very discouraging experience a few weeks ago.
I'm a tech on a cardiac floor. One saturday night about 8 pm I saw a stretcher coming my way, so as usual, I went to check out the patient and help to get him situated. It wasn't an old man this time, but a 30 y o guy.
The patient was pissed off by the ER nurse who transported him. For something she did that he didn't like, he called her names, said very nasty things about her right to her face. He yelled: " u get paid to do such and such" She turned around on her way out, obviously upset, and said " i don't get paid to take the abuse from you"
I thought that he was irritated by the 7 hour wait in the ER or something like that, i had no idea this would be the night from hell.
Noone could figure out what was up with this guy. He yelled and screamed all night long, refused his nurse, tried to call the police, cursed out the resident on duty, cursed out the security, and then yelled and yelled and yelled. He wouldn't leave ama, but he wouldn't take anything besides morphine and not just from any person.
I was supposed to go in and try to take blood from this guy and do his vitals. Iw as probably the only person who could go into his room without being cursed out or yelled at, but i was seriously concerned about him punching me out or something.
Of course, he was on the bell continuously. Every little thing caused a HUGE blow up - like the fact that he couldn't have mountain dew on a cardiac foor.
At the end of my shift I sat and talked with him, trying to settle him down, so the nurses can do their jobs and the rest of the patients can sleep ( it was close to 11)
The only thing that kept him quiet was me rubbing his back with lotion ( and i will never EVER do it again to any man, because this pig started hitting on me and asking me personal questions)
His doctor didn't come to see him until the next day and he basicly kicked him out.
In the mean time, the whole staff had to put up with abuse all night and all morning.
Have u ever had an abusive patient who was out of control?
I feel now that we are not protected enough against people like that, regardless of what their issues are. I have a hunch this guy was de-toxing, but it was just luck that he didn't lash out at anyone.
LOL SHAY and ERNURSRE
My husband, a Correction Office, says 'CALL 911, call adm. and state clearly, either he goes or I do". I used to argue the 'nursing mentality' argument with him, now I consider him right! We live in America, noone has the right to abuse us!
PS, "that's what you're paid to do" is BS, I'd put money on the fact that YOUR taxes are paying for his hospital stay!!!!! (I hate when that happens cause I always want to have a SAY in how I spend my taxes)
Last edit by RyanRN on Aug 2, '02