Hi. I'm dealing with a situation I have never had to deal with in over a decade of nursing. I work on an adult care unit at an acute care hospital. I had a very grumpy, irritable, elderly male patient for a couple of days who complained to me when I came on shift a couple days ago that "the girl who took out my Iv ripped it out and my arm hurts and she threw a hissy fit like a two year old girl." I told him I was sorry about that and I didn't know what else to do because I did not know who took out his IV, the RN or the tech from the previous shift. I inspected his arm and found it red, swollen, and warm, and he complained of pain upon touch and movement. (I gently removed the coban from his prior IV site so I could inspect his arm more closely)I notified the MD and he eventally came to see the patient. A d dimer was done, which was positive, and doppler ordered. Like I said, this was a very irritable, grumpy pt who can sometimes be confused who was probably the meanest one I've had in a long time, but I'm a professional and I don't take things personally and I don't get upset or defensive. In fact, the more worked up people are, the calmer I tend to become. He asked to see the charge nurse in the middle of the night, who came to see him and spoke to him (I wasn' t there), and she came out and told all of us to be careful with his arm. Which I had barely touched at all. So, his daughter comes in at shift change and I started trying to explain about his arm and she lit into me, saying "My dad said you were really mean and cruel to him and you ripped something out of his arm and you threw a fit like a two year old." I tried to explain calmly that I didn't take anything out of his arm and he must be mistaken because I was kind and respectful to him and that he had had the same complaint to me about another staff member. This was in the presence of another nurse, who I was giving report to. The daughter than said, "You were mean to my dad, I'm gonna take you outside" which was an obvious physical threat, so I went and got the day and night charge nurses, told them about the threat and the pt/dtr's complaint, and then left. This was 15 min after my shift should have been over. I should have called security, but I didn't. I did make a report w/ security the next day. The patient has been discharged, but Pt relations is involved as well as my manager, and I have to have a meeting with them the next time I work. I am afraid that my manager is not going to support me since they tend to believe anything patients or families say. I am going to tell them exactly what happened, but if they don't believe me or they try to discipline me for something I didn't do I'm afraid I'm going to have to get another job. I also am weighing the possibility of filing charges, as I have never been physically threatened by a family member before and I feel that should not go on without dealing with it in some way. Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on what I should do? I should also add I've been working at this job for almost half a decade and have been a nurse in good standing. All my coworkers know I am kind and professional with my patients, but you never know how management at my work is going to treat you. Thanks for any input.