It is a shame that this article intended to make nurses aware of the needs of patients with learning difficulties or disabilities was considered necessary in 2018. We all wander the streets and on most occasions I come across more than one person who appears to be "needy". We see on TV that the reading ability of many children is poor, some adults struggle too, and the elderly maybe suffering from dementia and thus unable to comprehend. I feel anxiety ridden, fearful or sometimes terrified when in a hospital. I sometimes need to ask questions - I don't know all the answers. I've sat in a hospital bed for some weeks and my severe dysphasia was not noticed. I've needed a compassionate Nurse to hold my hand at times and I've had a pleasant Consultant blowing my nose for me when I couldn't. Perhaps the time has come to recognise that a human being is just that and we all deserve to be treated equally. We shouldn't judge and then treat a patient because of the way they look, sound, behave or have been labelled because to do so might mean we forget to care compassionately for the INDIVIDUAL who has not yet been effectively communicated with.
I was a student nurse in the 1980s and do not recall coming across a threatening or abusive patient. The time has come in 2018 for the NHS to accept that it has a duty to care for patients who are distressed without rudely asking them not to "shout". Distressed patients might raise their voice but this does not mean they are threatening staff. Where physical abuse is concerned I believe the time has come for the NHS and Police to accept that NHS staff do sometimes abuse patients and that patients deserve the right not to be further distressed by those who cover up abuse. I would not want a nurse to be abused but nor would I want a Nurse to abuse. Make 2018 the year in which every Nurse makes the point of asking "Did I do something to make the patient turn on me?"
Well done Heidi, I'm highly delighted to learn that you are a general nurse able to care for a patient's physical, psychological and psychiatric needs. Holistic care indeed!
Ignorance is not always bliss and medical practitioners should remember, as indeed should nurses that depriving a patient of information can be considered clinical negligence. If a patient learns something detrimental in an untimely and devestating manner which causes harm to them then they do have good grounds to take the case to Court. It is important that patients are able to make informed choices and to do this they need information. To deprive a patient of information leaves them unaware, unable to discuss and possibly unable to ask for a second opinion. Every patient should know enough to understand all possible treatment plans/outcomes. Your article showed you have compassion but I wonder if you have a list of things you wish to achieve in your lifetime?
Comment on: Dealing with abuse on your placement
Think of yourself as Nurse Tom, Dick or Sally. The patient is not your friend and probably hasn't met you before. What your patient says is borne out of illness, frustration, upset or perhaps just an intelligent brain which recognises failings in the system. Do not take to heart what your patient says because to them you are just a "Uniform with a name". Don't forget what was said to you but remember to debrief yourself and ask "If I had been the patient today would I have been happy with the interactions had with the Nurse?" Care for your patient in the way you would want a Nurse to care for you. I am sure in real life away from work even you will swear sometimes. Remember, if another Nurse had been standing in your place the personal comment made by the patient would probably have been exactly the same. You cannot afford to take comments to heart. Good luck in your chosen career.