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Verbal aggression ‘angers nurses more than violence’


In some areas, aggression in vulnerable, elderly patients with complex needs is addressed by some nurses and GPs (even those GPs in GP practices which are specialist in dealing with care homes) is now being "managed" by dosing up these patients with anti depressants which have sedative effects. From what I have witnessed in some care homes where person centred care is absent, the patient has every right to be depressed at the care they receive but their aggression is the consequence of being dehumanised by staff who are paid directly or indirectly by the state to know and practice better. Being prevented from practising better care is I believe a major reason for many knowledgable nurses leaving. If the patient needs a better person centred approach and the nurse enlists help from the GP who then inappropriately prescribes drugs that do harm without helping, then the situation becomes completely diabolical. And it is inexcusable in a society that purports to be civilised. The other screamingly obvious problem is dependence on the use of anti depressants that in themselves can cause horrendous mental health issues like increased aggression to themselves and others. Do GPs over-prescribe anti depressants? If using the "arty" side of the brain uplifts affective level, then why are less dangerous treatments not tried first? Why not prescribe methods like arts/ crafts/ dance to uplift the affective level simultaneously with adding a sense of purpose, like fund raising for something important to that particular patient? Few people feel ok without a sense of purpose and craft work has been recognised since Victorian times as something that uplifts the affective level. Craftwork is not restricted to the "feminine" crafts. Must we be cajoled and fooled by the big pharmaceuticals, their shareholders and our own stupidity into imagining that drugs are the harmless answer to everything? Maybe some nurses are right to be stung by personal criticisms directed at them. Maybe for some it should be regarded as a wake up call to deliver better person centred care in the first place and be less reliant on drugging people up or dumping the blame for difficult situations on to vulnerable people? Maybe they need to be more supportive to each other and less bullying?

Posted date

5 August, 2017

Posted time

3:47 pm