Have you been afriaid of a pt? - page 2

by Mashira | 2,887 Views | 11 Comments

I'm a new grad RN that will be starting orientation on Valentines. I will be working 11p-7a shift. Something that I've been wondering... are any of you at times afraid of your patients or your job? From time to time there... Read More


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    Once you get a feel for the diagnoses you will encounter, I think you will be more comfortable. I thought I would be more scared than I turned out to be. The patients (as a whole) are not violent. They might be irritable, they might yell, or cast demons out of me, but in my 5 years I've never had a patient try to hurt me. Hone your therapeutic communication and de escalation techniques. Those are priceless. You'll develop an intuition and learn how to read people better and better with time. Then when you get that feeling, trust your gut!
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    I'm a new grad RN that will be starting orientation on Valentines.

    I will be working 11p-7a shift. Something that I've been wondering... are any of you at times afraid of your patients or your job?
    From time to time there will be a patient w/ Schizophrenia or DID that just scares me. I don't know why. I guess the bodily harm more than anything, but also just a 'creepy' feeling. I really hope that I don't get flamed. I understand that these patients have a disease process going on just like any other.
    I guess I'm just trying to see if I'm alone in this or not. The night shift is lovely, but I do have a little bit of anxiety going into it because of this (I'm your classic afraid of the dark girl, in a place where I might have a pt that scares me). It's not uncontrollable anxiety, just an odd feeling of alarm if they get too near.
    Thoughts? Opinions? Experiences? Suggestions? Anything would be lovely!
    Note: I'm not afraid of them in the day time, just the night. Could this just be my fear of darkness/night projecting onto the patients themselves? ARGH... I dono...
    Fear's normal and at times an excellent red flag to take seriously. At other times, a red-herring, often hard to to tell. Also normal: ambiguity, self-doubt, frustration, anger, intimidation, etc. The big deal is what you do with these feelings we all have.
    For what it's worth, All the (very few over ten years) times I've been successfully attacked, I had no fear and got taken off guard. "Out of the blue" events: got punched a few times (once a little old lady got me good in the TMJ - I was as impressed as I was surprised!) , my glasses crushed once without warning. Other than the surprise and some mild discomfort, no real harm done. But maybe, just maybe, if I'd been less oblivious and over-confident, more worried, I'd have been better off.


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