As a RN who happens to be male, I sometimes get very discouraged with the public's image of male nurses. I work in a crazy busy ER with alot of, well lets be honest, scum and addicts come in for free shelter, food, drugs, etc. I seem to get the pts. who are rude and constantly degrade me. I had one such charmer last night. Every other sentence out of his mouth was, "Why are you a nurse? I want a female nurse. I dont want no *** touching me!". Another one of his diddies was, "You're too stupid to be a doctor, I dont want your hands on me." I know I should realize what is going on and just let it slide off, but sometimes I get so angry :angryfire. It made me wanna give him a less-than-gentle catheter. How do you guys deal with offensive patients like this?
Take a page from the Emperor's Apothecaries: "Death or healing, I care not which you seek!"
haha, but Im pretty sure Pt cant pick their HCP based on gender. Otherwise, there would be no female doctors. As for the verbal abuse, are you sure you cant kick them out for abusing hospital employees? My college's student health center has a disclaimer that says patients may be denied care for being abusive to the staff.
Last edit by AragornSkywalker on Jan 31, '09