We have all had those patients. Nearly every nurse has experienced a patient shouting at her, berating her, and telling her where to go.
Occasionally, those moments escalate into pure aggression on the part of the patient. Your patient may throw things at you, spit at you, or physically try to attack you. It doesn’t do much for a nurse’s morale to face this sort of patient, but if you are in nursing long enough, you will find a patient who becomes aggressive with you.
You can deal with aggressive patients by remembering some simple rules, but you should also consider how an aggressive patient impacts you emotionally. Nurses are harder on themselves than anyone should be, and you may expect yourself to “roll with” the abuse you regularly take from patients. This isn’t actually the case, and it can be quite detrimental over time.
Dealing With Angry Patients
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