Home care nurse experiencing verbal abuse by family member of patient.

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    Hi everyone. I really need your help as I am so distraught and dont really know what to do anymore. I am a married mom of 5 and I have finally achieved my lifelong dream of becoming an RN. I graduated 8 months ago and applied for several jobs with no luck.

    Anyway, in July I was hired as a home care nurse working nights and caring for a young boy in his home. At first it was going well, but over time the boys mother has been unbearable. She is terribly rude to me and for no apparent reason. I have bent over backwards to help her out, including moving around hours to take her and her son to a NFL game. I have purchased flowers for the boy to give his mom, and even purchased a personalized jersey as a christmas gift to her son. I have taken their dog out in the middle of the night and cleaned up the floors when she goes in the house. All of this and much more without even a thank you!! Did I mention that my husband fixed her car for free because we felt bad and have huge hearts?

    Anyway, lately this woman has treated me like dirt. She is constantly giving me dirty looks and slamming doors. Her son called me "slow" the other night and she did not say a word. I looked at him and said that was not nice, and she completely flew off the handle saying that she is going to start locking the doors and that I need to learn my role. She screams at me so loud I shake. I went into the bathroom and took a few deep breaths to gather myself. When I walked back out I asked her if I could speak to her and she asked me what I wanted. I asked her if I am doing something wrong that she is not communicating to me and she began screaming again telling me that if I dont like it then there is the door. She said that I let her son get away with **** that he wouldnt be getting away with with her or she would knock his head off! Huh??? I'm sorry but what does she really want me to do?

    hen she continued to say that she doesnt want me playing around with her son and that I am his nurse and nothing more. If I were to write everything I have been through then I would be here forever. She is also always screaming and telling me that she is my boss and that she gets bills from the insurance company for 6000 dollars for 10 day periods and she thinks it is crazy. Well, she is getting an RN in her home up to 7 days a week for 9 hours each night. She acts like I am responsible. Sometimes I feel like standing my ground because I am a grown woman and I have never in my whole life been treated this way! I feel like my hands are tied because I have had no luck finding anything else and I do have 5 children.

    Please give me some advice! I have talked to my boss about this repeatedly but she just says that she knows because she had dealt with her before...but the agency has no other RN cases open. This is not what I wanted in nursing and now I dread going to work. Please help!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 16
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    Keep looking for another job. Are there any other home care agencies around? You shouldn't have to put up with abuse. I know sometimes family members can be difficult but this is ridiculous. HUGS.
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    Find another job. Keep applying elsewhere. This situation will never be fixed.
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    That's beyond ridiculous. No one should treat someone else like this. She is modeling horrendous behavior for her child.
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    There is no fixing this. Leave.
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    NOt worth it - leave. If agency unable to find another place for you - give your 2 weeks notice and find another. Home Health jobs are easy to find.
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    You don't have to work an RN level case. Accept an LPN level case (at LPN rate) and get out of there.
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    I am desperately trying to get another job. I do LPN cases on the side but they are only hour long cases. I applied to an OB unit last month and they said that I am a very strong candidate and even gave me a tour. They told me they ate hoping to fill the position in February as they are trying to fill other positions in house first. I am praying I get some news but not holding my breath. My husband tells me to just leave but I dont want to be irresponsible with our finances. He is concerned because he said he sees a difference in my moods at home because it is always on my mind. I am under a huge amount of stress.
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    It sounds like you both have crossed boundaries. Ask for another case. One poster stated all for an LPN case, but most cases both types of nurses can work. I've never seen an "LPN case"in my area as it's LPN/RN or RN only and RN only is extremely rare. Either way, you will probably run into more parents like this over time. Maintaining boundaries will help.
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    I agree that I have probably crossed a line I shouldn't have by having my husband fix her car, but I guess at the time I didn't feel that way because it was on my day off and my husband is a mechanic. I was trying to help as I always do. At this agency there are only a couple RN cases, a few small LPN cases and mostly HHA. I dont know. I guess I have learned a tough lesson.


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