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...