I am in my second semester of nursing school and was looking for some advise. This semester I am in two clincials (one med surg, and one psych). A couple of weeks ago during my med surg clinical I was assigned a pt who just had back surgery and developed delirium within the past couple of days. When I first went in to introduce myself to the pt she told me to get out and that I was incompetent because I am a student and didn't want to talk to me. I told her I would give her some space and come back later to check in with her. My hopes was that she would cool down but she was even more amped up the second time she saw me. I went a head and performed vitals feed her breakfast (she had tremors and couldn't feed herself), and gave her a bed bath. The whole time she continued to tell me that I was incompetent and that I wouldn't make it in nursing and she would make sure of it and ruin me. Needless to say she made a lot of rude remarks towards me and other nurses/staff memebers that came in through out the day. What really hit me though was her telling me that I don't have what it takes to be a nurse and that I am not a good nursing student.
I had another similar experience in my psych clincial. A pt walked up to myself and one of the other students and he told her that he could tell by looking at her that she was going to be an amazing RN. He then looked at me and said I'm not so sure about you, but then he laughed and said he was kidding but continued to compliment the other student.
I took both of those comments really to heart. I'm looking for advise to see if this has happened to anyone else and how they delt with it/didn't take it to heart.
Thank you so much!!
1) She had made up her mind before she met you, and 2) you aren't alone on the receiving end of her vitriol. That says it's about her -- not you.
Going forward, if a pt expresses opposition to working with a student, approach your instructor. The pt *may* feel better after some assurance from a longtime professional... but if not, that's her right. If she refuses a student, your CI needs to find a new pt.
You don't have to accept verbal abuse, and it's ok to say "it isn't ok to speak like that." If the pt isn't truly abusive but merely irritable/salty/snarky/difficult to please/a jerk, take it as an opportunity to deal with difficult people.
Last edit by Here.I.Stand on Feb 23