Suicide and nurse's reaction - page 2
by HappyJaxRN 3,152 Views | 13 Comments
Hi. I just wanted to post my thoughts here and be done with the way that I feel. I just rescently recovered from a drug overdose in the attempts to commit suicide. It was brought on by a nervous breakdown secondary to my... Read More
- 1Jul 31, '11 by xtxrnIt's extremely unsettling to wake up in various stages of awareness, and be dealt with like some low-life. I've got documented epilepsy (but not grand mal), an autonomic disorder, and other medical issues.
The nurses as one ER have been hideous. For a while, that was the choice with my insurance (still working). As soon as I could avoid that place like the plague, I did....didn't have a choice w/EMS called and a heart rate of 37.
Nurses can be wonderful, or an embarrassment to the job.
- 2Aug 1, '11 by Katie82So sorry for your experience, I hope you are feeling better. Someone close to me has BP disorder and it can make every day a challenge. It is a result of chemical imbalance in the brain, not a character flaw.I am currently working as a case manager working with the Medicaid population, so I encounter a lot of psych issues with my patients. It amazes me to see how medical care providers are not being properly trained to deal with psych emergencies. No one should make excuses for this nurse, the way she treated you was inexcusable, but my best guess is that she was dealing with her own sense of incompetency in dealing with you. The state agency I work for is making a big push to assist physicians to better deal with mental health issues in their patients, looks like ER staff could use a little help too. Treating a suicide attempt with dignity and compassion could mean the difference between repeat or recovery.
- 1Aug 2, '11 by tiredbeatupRNQuote from Katie82Thank you for your efforts. Please continue pushing! Your last sentence gives hope to those who have lost their dignity, and any last bit of the will to carry on, as a result of mistreatment by very professionals who are supposed to HELPThe state agency I work for is making a big push to assist physicians to better deal with mental health issues in their patients, looks like ER staff could use a little help too. Treating a suicide attempt with dignity and compassion could mean the difference between repeat or recovery.