Hi I'm an LPN in SASK and i would like to hear from other LPN's that are begining or have been feeling burnt out. I've been working consistantly since graduating in 95 and am feeling out of sorts with life i guess. Anyone else feeling this way?
Apr 15, '07
Yeah unfortunately those patients are everywhere, it's not a service your providing them, it's owed to them. However there are ways around it. For instance, most of my experience is with ER. When i'd have patients that didn't like the pain medications that the doctor would prescribe and stand there and tell me that they're demanding this or that and attempting to abuse me verbally. I'd simply state, the doctor has written the prescription for your pain medications, i will let him/her know you wish to discuss the inadequacy of the medications prescribed and he may or may not come to speak with you. The prescription is yours, you can fill it, or not. I don't take abuse from patients, if they're capable of doing something on their own, they need to do it. When they say it's my job, I tell them no, you see it's not my job to do everything for you, It's my job to get you back to being able to do things for yourself... and your fully capable of doing (insert task), so you need to do it for yourself.
Allowing someone even a patient to abuse you is still a choice that you make, if you let them, they will walk all over you. That doesn't mean you have to be rude mind you, just stern and stand up for yourself. The only place you'll get by allowing someone to walk all over you is footprints all up and down you.
Something else i've learned as well... is dissassociating my own feelings on the matter, doesn't matter how I feel about it, it all comes down to this is the way things are done... if you don't like it, then you can complain to administration about how your stay in the hospital was, and that is the only way things will change. It gets no one nowhere to get all upset and yell or argue back with a patient... all it does is frustrate you, disassociate your own personal feelings on the matter, your a professional, not a doormat.
Last edit by postmortem_cowboy on Apr 15, '07