So everyone, I've come to you before to get your advice and it's been incredible. You all have different opinions but back them up with rationale, true nurses!
I would like your advice/opinion once again. Here goes:
Background: I am one of 3 clinical staff working at a non-government mental health service. Just recently, I was asked to create a new activity group which has happened and is going well. At our first group activity, a client who I have worked closely with, exhibited a non-epileptic seizure. Historically, I organised clinical testing for her, received the results and recommendations from the neurologist and treated this client accordingly. She went well and responded to the treatment. She was not epileptic, her 'seizures' were purely psychosomatic.
When she has a 'seizure' the recommendation is to pay her little attention when she places herself on the floor and begins the 'seizure'. She has deep-rooted issues which I am closely working with her on. During the 'seizure' I stood near her to ensure her safety but didn't give her the attention she was after. It sounds callous however due to it being behavioural, it works well to remind her it is not appropriate to affect other clients enjoyment of the activity to focus on her.
Two colleagues, one who was not even there when she had the 'seizure' attempted to make a complaint against me for reasons they couldn't really specify. My actions were backed up my senior clinical colleagues and it is clear they acted out of jealousy.
I will be addressing this issue directly with the two staff members concerned. How would you address it with them? What would you say?
I look forward ward to your responses. Again, this client is receiving comprehensive treatment for her non-epileptic seizures and I have a good rapport with her. My actions were not of malice nor disregard.