Patient going to send nurse to Concentration Camps?? - page 6
It's another day and another dollar around here and the fun just never ends. A patient was making a long rant about Hipanics, African Americans and Native Americans. We have been instructed that... Read More
Apr 11Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience ; From: MD, US ; Joined: Mar '18; Posts: 70; Likes: 81Sorry OP and to other nurses going through this. I have to say that patient isn't confused or depressed due to hospitalization. He is just racist bigot which is kind of pathetic in 2018. You are doing a great job dealing with him and now he is mad he isn't getting an opportunity to be vile toward you.
Apr 11Occupation: RN Specialty: N/A ; From: CA, US ; Joined: Sep '16; Posts: 420; Likes: 850Oh my. Never discuss personal stuff such as this with patients. Crazy patients cannot always be ID'd, they don't glow in the dark.
I do not have anything I celebrate, my background is mainly German but that was many generations ago and, apparently, there were no German foods, holidays etc...anyone felt like carrying on.
That being said you state this patient already rants about black and Hispanic people, if I were in that situation I would let them know I do not appreciate their racist rants and leave it at that.
Being a blue-eyed blonde they would have less to rant at me personally, I just have no desire to have personal interactions with racists.
Apr 11Joined: Jan '11; Posts: 5,191; Likes: 21,505Quote from nursinglove30This patient could most certainly be depressed-he is a quadriplegic, and if that isn't a reason to be depressed, I don't know what is. That is not to say, however, that his depression has "caused" his racism. He may have developed those attitudes as a child, due to his upbringing.Sorry OP and to other nurses going through this. I have to say that patient isn't confused or depressed due to hospitalization. He is just racist bigot which is kind of pathetic in 2018. You are doing a great job dealing with him and now he is mad he isn't getting an opportunity to be vile toward you.
Apr 12Joined: Jan '16; Posts: 119; Likes: 108Quote from KayauhsYessssssssI both agree and disagree with you. (How confusing is that!). Yes, I do have a responsibility to provide for this patient, ( I don't believe I stated the gender of this patient). However; the tide is turning in nursing to recognize that nurses are no longer required to be beat up, spit at, physically abused and verbally abused.
Anti Semitic remarks are not acceptable in any realm.
This patient is completely oriented and knows exactly what was being said.
Consider if you will this situation in reverse and this patient had shared with me their own Jewish heritage and I had said, I'm going to send you to the Concentration Camps". I would be fired that day.
I think it's time that patients are held accountable for their actions.
Being sick isn't an excuse for being rascist.
Several hospitals in my area are employing "Patient Behavior Contracts" that clearly state a patient cannot be verbally abusive or racist. We have a large population of foreign doctors here who have to put up with horrible statements on a routine basis.
It's time for a change.
Apr 15Joined: Aug '09; Posts: 2,734; Likes: 3,225Quote from AccolayI recall a pt to whom I said this to....Go full Mavrick next time:
I will actually tell patients that what they said is unacceptable and move on...
He reported me to the charge nurse.
I ended up still assigned as his nurse. But I never went in his room again without a witness.
Apr 16Joined: Sep '17; Posts: 150; Likes: 457Yes, the patient said something very ugly to you, and it was uncalled for and totally sucks.
I get that you were trying to reach out to him as a human being, trying to form a connection. That impulse wasn't bad or stupid.
But this patient has something seriously wrong with him--maybe organic in his brain, or maybe something in his soul.
I'm sorry you went through this.
But for what it's worth, my patients know next to nothing about me.
Life is better that way...