I am a second-degree BSN/RN who graduated in Feb 2013. While I have only been practicing as an RN for a little over a month, I have had several years of experience in the healthcare industry. Up until a few days ago, I was confident that I could handle any amount of B.S. that a patient could throw at me. However, I had a patient push me to my limit a few days ago and am on the verge of losing my job.
Here is my question: At what point is a nurse obligated to continue treating an extremely verbally abusive patient on a non-psychiatric med-surg floor? Without going into specifics, one patient continuously attacked me throughout my 12-hour shift regarding my race, ethnicity, and physical appearance. I finally snapped and told the charge nurse that I would not treat this particular patient due to the nature of her attacks.
This A&O*3 patient told me that I was fat, continuously inquired about my ethnicity, told me I had "N-lips" (I am quite proud of my exotic, ethnic features), etc etc. She also accused me of deliberately drugging her even after she specifically requested a PRN medication. She told me she was afraid I was going to "rob her" and requested that another nurse supervise me at all times.
I was told that such treatment is "part of nursing" and that I should "learn to accept it". Screw that. Patients like this could make accusations that could cost me my license, right? Does anyone have similar stories to share?